What it is: The Stock Market Game gives students the chance to practice hands on real-world math. Each student gets the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. While playing the game, students learn economic and financial concepts that they will use the rest of their lives. The Stock Market Game is intended for students in 4-12 grades. Teachers can register teams of 3 to 5 students. Teachers can register for a FREE team, teachers who want to test out the game before using with their students can register for a FREE teacher team. The cost for actually participating is $10 per team. When teams register they will receive all game materials, state standards that are reached with the Stock Market Game, The math behind the market (units covering math concepts using the Stock Market Game), standards-based lesson plans using the local newspaper, two newspapers per team (Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday), daily accessiblity and support to the Stock Market Game coordinator and staff, an online learning resource center with teaching activities for various grade levels, and a free teacher team. If you do decide to register students as a team, that $10 stretches far!
How to integrate Stock Market Game into the classroom: Students constantly question how they will use math concepts in real life. The Stock Market Game will give them a window into real-life use of mathematics. Students will also gain valuable life skills that they can use outside of school, I wish that I had learned the basics of the stock market in the safety of the classroom using virtual money instead of actual money my first go round!
Tips: Prizes are awarded for winning teams, be sure to look into this soon if you plan on using in your classroom…there is some pre-preparation required.
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