The goal is for students to calculate
values & percentage change of fictional stocks. One could easily
have them graph results as well.

Getting students interested in
investing and budgeting can start in your math class. Give each
student $100 of play money and a copy of stock/commodity prices
(easily found in Wall Street Journal or online). Have students scour
the handout of stock prices and pick which stocks/commodities they
would like to invest their $100 in. After doing so, have them
calculate how many shares they purchased of each (round to the
nearest tenth for ease).

Next, over the course of the next
month, have them track their investment (either by you reproducing
the pricing sheet or by them checking online). Each week have them
recalculate their balance based on the change in stock price and the
percentage change.

*Example:*

*Change in Value:*

*$100 @ $25 per share = 4 shares.*

*If after 1 week the new price is $24 per share your investment is = $96 (4 x 24).*

*Percentage Change:*

*96 – 100 = - 4*

*- 4/100 = -.04 or – 4%*

At the end of a designated time period,
have students sell their shares and pay them back in pretend money.

**Differentiated Instruction: If you
had some advanced students who really liked this exercise but wanted
more, you could discuss short-term capital gains taxes and have students
calculate their actual profit.

## 3 comments:

I was thinking about using www.weseed.com as a great site for students to buy fictional stocks.

That sounds awesome Trever! I will have to play around at that site but it looks like an awesome tool

US Market Claims that the US Stocks market has the potential to rise over 50% in the next couple of years.

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