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Ever consider using the Stock Market Game TM as a teaching tool? The Stock Market Game TM offers 4th-12th grade teachers an opportunity to engage students in an experiential learning activity with real-life applications! Whether you teach math, social studies, business, general studies, or elementary education, the Stock Market Game TM offers something for everyone. In fact, registered teachers have access to a Learning Support Center complete with lesson plans!
Plus, as you know, Common Core standards encourages cross-curricular connections, reading and math skills, research, problem solving, non-fiction literary sources, and real-life applications, all features of this project-based learning activity. And, you don’t have to be an expert to facilitate the game! MCEE also offers free Stock Market Game TM trainings to help reinforce your instructional confidence.
For those not familiar with the game, this is an online activity where student teams receive an imaginary $100,000 to invest in the market. Teachers can choose between a 10-week and a year-long experience. There is one ten-week game in the fall and one in the spring. Additionally, the SMG offers an “Enrichment” session in March that continues until late May. The year-long game begins September 8th, 2014 and the first 10-week session begins on October 6th, 2014. Teachers can enter the game anytime on or after the start-date.
It is also worth noting that in an independent study conducted by Learning Points Associates Stock Market Game TM participants tended to “outperform their peers in mathematics achievement and financial knowledge” (SIFMA Foundation, 2014). The study also noted that students demonstrated 21st Century Skills and were accomplished in “interpreting complex texts and data” (SIFMA Foundation, 2014).
To hear a Maryland teacher’s testimonial on the Stock Market Game TM and using Edmodo, check out a video of Flo Falatko offered by the Council on Economic Education, our national partner. Please note that the video is part of CEE’s blog series and is found on its July 30th, 2014 publication. http://www.councilforeconed.org/news-information/blog/page/2/
For more information, or to register teams, contact the Maryland Council on Economic Education, www.econed.org. Or to just preview the online experience, check out the SIFMA Foundation’s web site, www.stockmarketgame.org.