The students in my class attend an urban district with financial struggles. All the students in my class receive free or reduced-price lunch. Many of them have experienced crime in their lives and find it difficult to come to school. They have a range of learning abilities and come from diverse backgrounds. The typical student in my class reads below grade level, and many struggles with basic writing skills. Ninety percent of my students are African-American or Latino. The lagging opportunity and achievement gaps are apparent among my student population.
My students deserve an opportunity to learn and thrive in a STEM-driven classroom that supports and promotes 21st Century Learning.
There continues to be a slide in the school's budget, so any chance to provide resources will offer relevant experiences that extend their learning.
This project is designed to spark student’s interest in the stock market and help me expand upon what students already know or believe about the stock market. Students will learn that stock markets allow people to benefit from growth in private businesses. After the initial lesson using the books to read about stocks, students will identify three businesses: a sole proprietorship, a partnership, and a corporation and write them on large post-it notes. Then students will track stock prices for those businesses in their planner. They will be required to watch the evening news to get daily stock rates. At the end of the week, they will graph their data using chart paper and markers. Then they will identify trends in the stock market during group discussions. This financial literacy lesson will show students the importance of tracking data over a period of time before making an informed decision. Finally, students will simulate stock trading through roleplaying based on results.
This project will help my students learn how stock prices are determined due to the behavior of individuals in the market.
By tracking daily stocks in their planner, students will be able to visually see how supply and demand interact to create a market-clearing price. As students make informed decisions about stock trends, they will come to value the role of the stock market on everyday people.
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