Middle schoolers in Ms. Abate and Ms. Connelly’s math classes are taking to the virtual trading floor to compete in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Stock Market Game.
Students invest a fictitious $100,000, then buy and sell stocks over a 10-week period in this online simulated game, which runs until April 10. Based on weekly team rankings that consider stock performance of teams across Pennsylvania, Ms. Abate’s 5th grade students are currently leading in the 34-team elementary competition, while nine teams of Ms. Abate’s and Ms. Connelly’s 6th graders are competing against 143 groups in the Middle School contest.
Throughout the process, students build a fundamental understanding of financial literacy and investing, while honing their real-world skills and practice in math, English, language arts, economics, and social studies. Groups consult financial tools, such as Yahoo Finance, in order to track their portfolio progress, learn the optimal investment time, calculate fiscal returns, and consider variables based on the gains of other investors.
Ms. Abate, who has used the competition as a learning tool throughout her teaching career, notes that this opportunity “is great for enriching students and enhancing their higher-level teaching skills, along with their math knowledge.”