Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Stock Market, and supports the standard of explaining the potential risks and rewards of investing in corporate stock. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What does it mean to invest money?
  • Why do you think someone might invest money? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Stock Market topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about the stock market while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial explaining why people should invest money in the stock market. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the impacts of supply and demand on the stock market. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a learning game challenging players to sort stock market-related vocabulary terms into self-selected categories. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain specific words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Stock Market Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Stock Market Quiz.

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of personal finance with these topics: Stocks and Shares and Banking

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