Stock Market Game

J-E-T Students Take Stock in Their Investments
Posted on 10/09/2019
Shakara Weaver and Zariah Brown discuss their investment options.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, students at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School are busy buying, selling, and trading. They are playing The Stock Market Game in Ms. Kayla Eskew and Mrs. Jodi Knapp’s E3 activity class.

The online game requires teams of students to invest 100,000 fictional dollars in real world stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. They can buy and sell the stocks in their portfolios — using real and current market conditions — in an attempt to earn the largest profits. They are also responsible for checking the market to see if their chosen companies’ stocks are gaining or losing points and for researching different types of investments such as government, corporate, and mutual bonds.

The Stock Market Game provides real-time NASDAC numbers and news related to the students’ chosen companies so they can make decisions about when to buy and when to sell. As they participate, they engage in math, language arts, research, and critical thinking.

Seventh-grade student Jordan Chinn said he enjoys “playing the market.” He added, “What I’m learning is that there’s more to the stock market than just buying stocks. You have to understand what you would do if the stock price goes down…whether to keep it or sell it.”

Ms. Eskew commented on her reason for sponsoring the stock market activity: “I like looking at how things we purchase affect our global economy, as most companies who make the items we buy provide stocks that are publicly traded.”

After ten weeks, students will evaluate their portfolios to determine which team has earned the most money. They will also compare themselves to teams of students in other schools within their region.

All in all, the program is about financial understanding, which is an important life skill. As seventh-grader Rylee Raines stated, “We are learning how to spend our money wisely. If you teach someone how to handle money at an early age, they’ll get better and better at it.”

Photo Caption: Shakara Weaver and Zariah Brown discuss their investment options.

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