Help your students connect classroom content with a real-world experience and simulation. The Stock Market Game (SMG) gives Minnesota students in grades 4-12 the opportunity to invest a virtual $100,000 in stocks, mutual funds, and bonds. Educators incorporate SMG into their curriculum to teach their students business, math, economics, financial literacy, and critical thinking skills as they research and collaborate to make smart investment decisions. The hands-on, team-oriented style of the program offers a flexible way to engage students in gaining a richer understanding of the U.S. economic system, current events, and teamwork.
Teachers who utilize SMG in the classroom do not need to be experts in finance – BestPrep provides training and ongoing support. Once registered, teachers have access to a variety of lessons, activities, and other resources. In addition, SMG can provide an industry professional to visit the classroom and speak with students in even further detail.
At the end of each session, students on teams with top-ranked portfolios are recognized at an awards ceremony for the Fall, Spring, and Year Long sessions, which can often be a highlight of the students’ experiences.
The Stock Market Game is offered in classrooms throughout the school year. Thanks to funding from Charles Schwab Foundation, The Stock Market Game is offered at no cost to schools, teachers, and students.
2020-21 session dates:
- Fall: September 14 – December 4, 2020
- Year Long: September 8, 2020 – April 23, 2021
- Spring: January 19 – April 30, 2021
- Late Spring: March 8 to May 28, 2021
Enhance your students’ learning experience by requesting to have an industry professional visit your classroom to talk more about the stock market, investing, or another financial topic of your choosing. You can also request speakers to talk about careers in investing and financial planning.
New to The Stock Market Game™ or looking for a refresher on how to use the program and the resources available to you? BestPrep offers in-person, phone, and webinar training sessions about getting started with SMG and utilizing the program in your classroom. BestPrep staff is also available to provide onboarding for your students. Training sessions occur throughout the year to fit with your schedule.
Typically, it costs educators and schools a small fee to incorporate The Stock Market Game into the classroom. However, thanks to funding from Charles Schwab Foundation, team fees will be waived for the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you, Charles Schwab Foundation, for your support of The Stock Market Game!
SMG is also supported by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, RBC Wealth Management, and Wells Fargo.
2019 Impact Numbers
The Stock Market Game™ makes an impact annually on the students in the program.
Once you register for SMG, you have instant access to the Teacher Support Center, which has dozens of lessons, activities, and other resources to help you easily facilitate SMG. Subject areas for students in grades 4-12 include math, social studies, English language arts, family and consumer science, reading, writing, gifted and talented, financial literacy, communications, technology, economics, and business.
The SIFMA Foundation is the national administrator of The Stock Market Game and is dedicated to providing financial education for people of all ages through innovative programs that promote financial independence. The SIFMA Foundation also administers InvestWrite and Capitol Hill Challenge programs through SMG. InvestWrite is an essay competition for students participating in SMG in the Fall and Spring. Capitol Hill Challenge is an exciting national financial education competition for junior and senior high schools that connects participating SMG classrooms with a member of congress.