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Understanding the Stock Market

Found in: mathematics, social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Recent activity in international stock markets demonstrated how interconnected the economies of nations have become. The following lessons, activities, resources, and videos provide a basic understanding of stocks and the market.

Lesson Plans:

  • Stock Prices (  PDF, 2.1 MB ,15 pgs.) Students in grades 3-8 examine information found in stock listings and calculate the cost of buying stock in various quantities at different prices. Standards are listed.
  • NYSE Made Easy Students in grades 6-12 learn terms associated with the New York Stock Exchange and how to read a stock market report found in newspapers or online.
  • Here's Your Chance to Make Millions in the Stock Market (Part 1) In Part 1, students in grades 9-12 learn how efficient markets affect investor's efforts to time the stock market. Parts II and III are an interactive historical simulation that gives students a chance to make investment decisions.
  • What Goes Up Must Come Down  ( PDF, 472 KB, 3 pgs.) Students in grades 9-12 explore how the stock market works and analyze different stock investments. Standards are listed.
  • Teaching Financial Crises Eight lessons for students in grades 9-12 that examine the financial crisis of 2007. Lessons can be viewed online. Visuals can be downloaded. Aligned to economics standards. A print version can be purchased.

Activities & Games:

  • Play A Virtual Market Sarting with a virtual fortune, students can trade traditional stocks or use call options.
  • The Stock Market Game An online simulation of global capital markets for students in grades 4-12. Registration is free. A Teacher Support Center is provided and Apps are available. The Stock Market Game Teacher’s Guide (  PDF, 705 KB, 20 pgs.) includes suggestions for extended activities.

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