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The stock market for kids

November 12th, 2013 at 10:31 am

I'm the AT (academically talented) teacher this year. I want to teach kids about the stock market. Any ideas on how to do a stock market competition in the class? I did a google search and most games require online registration which is against school policy.

Class background: 21 7th and 8th grade students academically talented and very excited to learn about the stock market.

2 Responses to “The stock market for kids”

  1. Kiki Says:

    We did something like this when I was in 7th grade (pre internet!)

    Give them each "$10,000" to buy stock and have them track it for a week of two, create a spreadsheet they can work off of that shows growth or declines, and see who makes the most money at the end of the time period.

  2. baselle Says:

    The stock market is a big subject. Any way to narrow it down? That should give you an idea of what kind of competition you want to do.

    Kiki's idea is classic, but a week or two of fluctuations really highlights the casino aspect of the market. I'd definitely would want to expand it to at least 1 quarter so that you can talk about fluctuations and dividends. You have 21 students - I'd set them up in teams of 3 as mutual fund managers. They have to research and pick stocks, monitor their holdings and compete against not each other but against a passive index.

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