Unit: Stock Market Game: Graphing Stocks
In this program, students in grades five
through twelve produce computer-generated graphs charting the progress of
various stocks over a four- to six-week period.
Teacher preparation steps include locating
appropriate Web sites for finding daily stock quotes and preparing sample
computer-generated bar and line graphs using Kid Pix drawing tools.
Student activities include forming
cooperative learning groups to follow day-to-day changes in stocks they have
chosen to invest in, using Kid Pix to create bar and line graphs that depict the
progress of their stocks, and printing and sharing their graphs with the class.
The students are assessed by the accuracy and
quality of the graphs they produce.
WHAT YOU NEED
This program requires six class periods to
complete. Software materials used include Kid Pix, ClarisWorks, AppleWorks, or
The required teacher technology skills
include using drawing and painting tools to create graphs, and using the
Internet to research stock quotes. Required student technology skills include
using drawing and painting tools, constructing a graph, using the Internet to
research stock quotes, and printing work created on a computer.
A follow-up lesson could focus on the use of
spreadsheet application to create graphs.
Students predict results and analyze data,
read and interpret information from a graph, describe and compare quantities,
collect and organize data to answer a question, and make statements and draw
conclusions based on data.
Carolyn Hornik has been a New York City public school teacher for twenty five years (12 years as a classroom teacher in third, fourth, and fifth grades and 13 years as a technology coordinator.)
She teaches in-service courses for the New York City Board of Education After School Professional Development Program and on-line courses for new teachers through
Estimated Class Periods To Complete: 10
Subject: English, Social Studies
Beginning Grade Level: 4
Ending Grade Level: 8