Teaching with Pit

Integrated Social Studies
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9th - 12th
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We all know that you learn more when you “do” rather than just read or hear a lecture. Don’t just teach your students about the stock market and commodities, have them play a game!

Teaching with Pit gives you Common Core-aligned curriculum so you can fully justify playing a fun card game in class. Learn about the history of Wall Street, stock markets, and commodities futures with a presentation that simplifies and explains the vocabulary your students need to know. Conduct research on the commodities used in your game and have students analyze data in order to come to conclusions about the commodities markets.

Finally, play Pit, a very fun card game that you must purchase separately from an authorized retailer. Game cards and instructions are not included.


What’s Included:

  • PDF presentation of history of Wall Street, stock markets, and commodities
  • Student booklet that includes research page, create-a-graph page, and CCSS summary
  • Teacher booklet with website recommendations
  • Example graphs


This is a two-day lesson. The first-day will consist of the PDF presentation, graph creation, and the summary. On the second day you should let students play for the entire class period.

This resource will work best in an economics class but there is no reason you couldn’t integrate it into a history class. US History, World History, and European History all have economic focuses. Use this resource before you get to the 20th century.

This resource is part of an awesome bundle. What does the economic bundle offer?

  • Teaching with Pit: focus on the stock market and commodities trading
  • Teaching with Monopoly: focus on housing, monopolies, and income inequality
  • Tulip Mania: focus on auctions, bubbles/busts, and price inflation

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Total Pages
19 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


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