The SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game™ gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. They think they're playing a game. You know they're learning economic and financial concepts they'll use for the rest of their lives. The Stock Market Game™ program offers a vast library of learning materials correlated to national voluntary and state educational standards in Math, Business Education, Economics, English/Language Arts, Technology, Social Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences. This resource has inspired many teachers to incorporate the program into classes in creative ways — at all levels, from fourth grade to college, all across the curriculum. The program also teaches and reinforces 5 essential skills and concepts. Students use real internet research and news updates, making the simulation an even better mirror of the real marketplace. While the competitive gameplay creates student excitement, the educational experience delivers the biggest impact.
Join us for an engaging workshop taught by experienced Stock Market Game teacher, Stephen Bidwell, and Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Elise Bidwell. Stephen will instruct teachers on how to navigate the game, access student portfolios and the free teacher resource center, as well as share fun activities and strategies to get students engaged. Elise will guide teachers through reading a stock page, analyzing stock data, and other practical ways to help students understand how the market works. Sessions will be interactive and centered around discussion and best practices.
$25 registration fee refundable upon workshop attendance
SMG Basics (1hr) - Getting Started, Teacher Support Center, & student portfolios
Invest It Forward (1hr) – learn how industry professionals can assist in enhancing participation in the SMG program
InvestWrite (1hr) – learn how to utilize InvestWrite, our national and state-wide essay competition as a great culminating activity for the SMG program
Basic Company Research (30 min) - using Yahoo and Nasdaq, basic terminology and company headlines will be reviewed
Winning with Diversification (1hr) - strategies for building a diversified portfolio with stocks, bonds, ETF's and mutual funds.
Let's Trade Today! (30 min) - A quick overview of the SMG portfolio and how to get Stock Market Game student trading in their portfolio.
Trading Mutual Funds (30 min) - researching and trading mutual funds in the SMG program
Trading ETF's (30 min) - comparing and contrasting ETFs and mutual funds
9)Weekly Portfolio Analysis (30 min)- team analysis of major indexes and portfolio holdings
PRE-CHC (1hr) - An overview of the national Capitol Hill Challenge
To get started in the SMG program, visit your local SMG program's registration page. Your local SMG program's registration page provides essential information on program requirements and important dates. SMG is a national program of the SIFMA Foundation and is coordinated locally by non-profit partners who are dedicated to youth financial literacy.
If you are new to The Stock Market Game, start in the "Start Here" section of the Teacher Support Center. It has lesson plans and introductory guides for implementing the program. If you are a returning teacher, start by reviewing your favorite lessons and activities. Some of the lessons may have been updated since the last time you participated.
The Teacher Support Center is a searchable library of curriculum resources, lesson plans, assessments, and standards correlations that help you introduce your students to personal finance fundamentals, including saving and investing, and provide real-world practice in core academic subjects such as math, English, and social studies (economics). You can access the Teacher Support Center on the SMG Website.
There are two distinct logins in The Stock Market Game: (1) Advisor and (2) Team. The Advisor ID and password are used to log into the Teacher Support Center. The Team ID and Password are used by students. Each team receives a shared team ID and password to log into their online investment portfolios. The Advisor is easily distinguished by the capital "T" in the third section of the ID (e.g. AB_12_T123456). Log in by clicking the appropriate link at www.stockmarketgame.org. Advisors and their Teams login at the same site.
The objective of the SMG program is to introduce its participants to the fundamentals of investing. Each lesson plan provides a brief "Teacher Background". The purpose of the Teacher Background brief is to provide you with enough information to successfully implement the lesson with your students. In addition to the Teacher Background briefs, the SMG Teacher Support Center provides you with publications, links, and other resources to help get you comfortable teaching the content. You can also contact your local SMG Coordinator for additional assistance.
Everyone has the potential to be a great SMG teacher. The challenge is finding the teaching materials appropriate for your teaching environment. The SMG Teacher Support Center provides materials that help you teach fundamental investment concepts in afterschool, homeschool, other out-of-school and alternative teaching situations.
Yes. The Teacher Support Center has easy-to-follow instructional guides, suggested lessons, activities, and projects for afterschool and homeschool participants. Though afterschool and homeschool resources are designed specifically for their respective audiences, they may be used interchangeably with each other or with educational materials designed for classroom participants.
Lessons in the Teacher Support Center are correlated to the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These correlations are presented in an interactive table in the Standards section of the Teacher Support Center. The Stock Market Game effectively contextualizes the academic content standards, practices, and career skills expressed in the CCSS, STEM, and by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.