The Stock Market Game (SMG) is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared students for financially independent futures. Over a 10 week session, The Stock Market Game teaches students the fundamentals of personal finance and investing, while practicing skills in math, economics, social studies and other subjects. Since the SMG is tied directly to the real markets, it provides an excellent framework for discussing the impact of real world events such as business cycles, trade wars and so forth.
I currently use SMG for my 7/8th grade elective class. Each session lasts 4 weeks so we don’t get a tremendous amount of time to see how the stocks perform, but it is an invaluable tool to introduce students to the financial benefits of investing. Many of our students come from economically disadvantaged homes, so this opens up an entire new world of possibilities, that currently many of their parents do not know exists. The SMG curriculum is easy to understand and use. I have appreciated the weekly updates that keeps the curriculum relevant. I greatly appreciate having such quality material available at no charge.
Stayton Middle School
I teach at an alternative high school, where I have many students who haven't found success in a traditional academic setting. At my school I struggle to find ways to connect the content of my courses to my students and their interests. One of the reasons I've enjoyed teaching with the Stock Market Game is that each term I invariably have a handful of students who are really interested in the stock market and they will engage with this activity. They love that the game uses real-world data, so everything happening in it connects to the same events they see in the real world. Sometimes, I am really surprised teaching the Stock Market Game because students who have never engaged in my class before will become some of my standout students. This engagement can often become the foundation for a turnaround with these students: I can ask these students to help classmates and this can help begin to make them think of themselves as good students. That change in mindset can be powerful and pave the way for future academic success.
Ralston Academy (Lebanon School District
InvestWrite®, is an innovative national writing competition. It complements The Stock Market Game, a program of the SIFMA Foundation.
The teacher-designed writing component and competition, reinforces students newfound knowledge and hones critical thinking skills. The InvestWrite competition builds a bridge between classroom learning and the real world. InvestWrite complements The Stock Market Game learning experience and easily integrates across subjects throughout your curriculum. For further information, please go to; https://www.investwrite.org/
There are three games we offer during the school year; a fall competitive game, spring competitive game and a 7 month competitive game. In addition, during the fall and spring we also offer enrichment games. Dates are;
Spring competitive game; Jan. 30, 2023 - April 21, 2023
Enrichment game I; Feb. 21, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Enrichment game II; March 6, 2023 - June 2, 2023
Enrichment game III; April 3, 2023 - June 2, 2023
Elementary School; First and Second place (no third place team), Combined team from Hillsboro School District, Teacher, Deb Luther,
Middle School; First place, Winterhaven School, Teacher, Pete Madden; Second place Clara Brownell M.S., Teacher, Ian Coyle; Third place, Winterhaven School, Teacher, Pete Madden
High School; First, Second and Third place, Roseburg High School, Teacher, Tasha Stevens Garcia
Year Long 2021 - 22:
Middle School; First place, Oregon Trail Academy, Teacher, Emily Hafer; Second place; Riverdale Elementary School, Teacher, Todd Migchelbrink; Third Place, Clara Brownell Middle School, Teacher, Ian Coyle
High School; First Place; North Salem High School, Teacher, Chris Feskens; Second Place; Molalla High School, Teacher, Nicholas Matteen; Third Place, Wilsonville High School, Teacher, Steve Schramm
Elementrary School; First and Second place, Hayhurst Elementary School, Teacher, Rachel MacDonald; Third place; Combined team from Hillsboro School District, Teacher, Deb Luther
Middle School; First Place, Sand Ridge Charter School, Teacher, Kevin Locke; Second Place, Conestoga Middle School, Teacher, Dana Ruginis; Third place; Sand Ridge Charter School, Teacher, Kevin Locke
High School; First, second and third place Jesuit High School, Teacher Malia Bernards;