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Ages of learners

The SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game™ (SMG) gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. They think they're playing a game. You know they're learning economic and financial concepts they'll use for the rest of their lives.

The Stock Market Game™ program offers a vast library of learning materials correlated to national voluntary and state educational standards in Math, Business Education, Economics, English/Language Arts, Technology, Social Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences. This resource has inspired many teachers to incorporate the program into classes in creative ways — at all levels, from fourth grade to college, all across the curriculum.

The program also teaches and reinforces these essential skills and concepts:

  • Critical thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Cooperation and communication
  • Independent research
  • Saving and investing

Students use real internet research and news updates, making the simulation an even better mirror of the real marketplace. While the competitive gameplay creates student excitement, the educational experience delivers the biggest impact.


Stock Market Game
Fees vary from state to state.


Eric Hammer

English and History/Social Studies teacher at New York City public schools, Yeshiva Tifereth Yisroel, Yeshiva of Queens

Saturday, November 03, 2012

This was a somewhat unusual tool for me because I was in fact teaching English and Social Studies, not math. However, I used the Stock Market Game in a rather unique way in my Social Studies class. In essence, I let the kids create their portfolios and then had them read newspapers to track information about the stocks they'd chosen. I then used these as a springboard to discuss what it means to live in an interconnected world. For example, I was able to use this material to explain how something like the BP oil spill could affect oil stocks' prices, even when those stocks were not necessary BP itself.

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