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Stock Market Game

Name: Sandra Edwards
School: P.S. 35X
Address: 261 East 163rd St
City: Bronx, NY, 10451
Original Project: Stock Market Game
Author: Carolyn Hornik
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/PS101/chornik/graphingstocks.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: 1. Each student was allowed to select their favorite stock to invest in. 2. The students used The New York Times newspaper to track their performance of their stock. 3. Students also had to formulate word problems based on their stock performance. In addition, students challenged their classmates to correctly solve thier contructed problems.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Students will develop an appreciation for the stock market.
  Students will be able to interpret Standard & Poor's 500-stock index.
  Students will be able to calculate the profit and loses of the stocks they bought.
  Students will be able to construct word problems based on their stock performance

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: The Internet was used as a research tool. Microsoft Excel was used to create tables of their stock performance. Microsoft Graphing function was used to create line graphs of their stock performance.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: The students had to calcuate their stocks' profit and loses. The students had to transfer the S&P information into line graphs. The students had to explain their stock performance.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Edwards began her teaching career in the Caribbean. While there, she specialized in the teaching of science to students at the elementary level. After migrating to the United States, Ms. Edwards earned a degree in reading. Presently, she is a 4th grade teacher at P.S. 35 where she has been working for 8 years. Through her years of teaching, Ms. Edwards has developed a passion for mathematics and she integrates it with other subjects. This is one reason why she was attracted to the stock market unit.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: - I recommend planning a trip to the stock market as the introduction to the unit. -If you do not live near the stock market, you could invite a financial adviser to school. - Provide the students an opportunity to invest in the stock market.

Samples of Student Projects

  Students reading the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index.
  Students in the process of constructing line graphs.
  Students completed line graph, table, and word problems.


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