|Pillars of Student Success||
|Program Implementation||Program Grade-Level|
|Classroom Based||Grades 9-12|
Students are introduced to the foundational concepts of stocks and the stock market through the analysis of an authentic, real-time stock market report. Then, they practice selecting stocks from a fictitious market to develop a portfolio.
Students explore how stocks are traded, how stock prices are affected by current events, and how investors make investment decisions and diversify their portfolios. They are introduced to stock indexes/averages and stock tables, and they practice buying, selling, or holding stocks from their fictitious stock portfolio.
Students analyze today’s stock market and explore the concept of dividends. They analyze their fictitious stock portfolio and calculate their dividend payments.
Students put their new stock market knowledge and skills into practice as they compete to win an in-class competition. This session is designed to be flexible based on students’ grade level and experience, plus the online stock market simulation tool selected by local JA Areas.
Students reflect on their experience participating in the in-class competition and/or the JA Stock Market Challenge event and connect the simulations to the real world. They conclude the program by developing their own financial goals.
In this 15-minute extension activity, students learn the basics of company ownership models using a pizza business scenario. They explore the advantages and disadvantages for a company of remaining private or becoming publicly owned.
In this 20-minute extension activity, students learn the basics of stock market investing, read and respond to scenarios about investing, and are introduced to three investing strategies. (Suggested for Session One)
(Suggested for Sessions One and Two)
Diversification and Risk: In this 15-minute extension activity, students learn that, even though individual investors may have different risk tolerances, smart investors always seek to minimize their risk by diversifying their portfolios.
Setting Stock Prices and Trading Stock: In this 15-minute extension activity, students learn why public companies sell stock, what happens during a company’s initial public offering, and how stocks are traded on a stock exchange.
Factors that Influence Stock Prices: In this 15-minute extension activity, students learn the basics of supply and demand in the stock market, explore factors that impact stock price, and read and respond to scenarios related to determining stock price.
The Animals of the Stock Market: This 15-minute extension activity focuses on the peculiar, animal-centric language of the stock market. Students will learn about bull and bear markets, black swan events, dead cat bounces, and other turns of phrase that can describe individuals and situations related to investing and the stock market.
This extension activity enables students to select real stocks on the stock market using an initial imaginary investment of $10,000. Students create a stock portfolio and then track and adjust their investments over time. This activity has no time limit, and students may track and adjust their portfolios for as long as they’d like. (Suggested for Sessions Two, Three, and Four)
(Suggested for Session Two)
Data Gathering: This 20-minute extension activity focuses on the importance of making informed investment decisions. It explains several ways to accumulate information about a prospective company’s stock and describes the importance of evaluating each source of information fully and objectively.
Comparing Investment Channels: In this 15-minute extension activity, students learn about several ways in which investors buy and sell stocks, uncovering the upsides and downsides of each method.
This 15-minute extension activity focuses on initial public offerings (IPOs) and how the company’s initial stock price is determined. (Suggested for Sessions Two and Three)
This 20-minute extension activity focuses on the agencies and organizations tasked with protecting investors and regulating financial markets and products. (Suggested for Session Three)
In this 15-minute extension activity, students learn about short- and long-term capital gains and the ways in which they are taxed differently, depending on income. (Suggested for Sessions Three or Four)
This 30-minute extension activity prepares students for the JA Stock Market Challenge. Students review the big ideas about stocks and the stock market that they must understand to participate in the JA Stock Market Challenge. They also learn about the different roles on the team and the rules of the competition. (Suggested for Session Four)
This 15-minute extension activity focuses on reviewing and assessing a financial plan and selecting investments that meet stated goals. (Suggested for Session Five)
In this 15-minute extension activity, students learn why investing over the long-term offers the best path toward success in the market and why day trading can be fraught with risk. (Suggested for Session Five)