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Stock Market Game

Featured Video - Stock Market Game Overview

The Stock Market Game program works for over ten million students by appealing to their desire to gain financial independence and to experience a little competition. The Nebraska Game manages over 1000 teams and helps over 4,500 students learn about U.S. financial markets. It is very easy to implement, reaches across the entire curriculum, and is exciting to teach.

The Stock Market Game program transports students into real world investing while learning academic concepts that relate to their entire core curriculum. Students (grades 4-12) buy into the entire process through 15 weeks of active involvement. Students work in teams practicing leadership, organization, negotiation, and cooperation. As they work to grow their $100,000 virtual cash account into a top-performing portfolio (which starts earning interest even before the game begins!), they develop strong interests in the daily events that shape our world and barely realize how much math, business, economics, language arts and social studies they're learning. Students compete against other teams in their age groups across Nebraska, so kids see the program as "fun."

No prior knowledge of the stock market is needed! The TEACHER SUPPORT CENTER will provide teachers with an understanding of the SMG with a teacher's guide and rules of the game along with hundreds of grade appropriate lesson plans and activities that will weave into existing plans. The SMG teacher resources prove education is the focus of the Stock Market Game. Lessons are correlated with National Standards as well as Nebraska Standards. These FREE materials will be available to assist teachers once registered for the SMG, so register today. The national SMG website is:

Game dates for 2024-2025 Stock Market Game

Summer - June 17 - August 9, 2024
Cost - $10 per team (2-5 students)

Fall - September 9 - December 6, 2024
Cost - $10 per team (2-5 students)

Spring - January 6 - April 4, 2025
Cost - $10 per team (2-5 students)

Teacher Preparation for SMG

The SMG program is designed so students and teachers learn as they go along; therefore, minimal knowledge is needed. In fact, it serves as a valuable tool to learn basic investing skills. Potential investors of all ages and economic means can benefit from practicing first with the SMG program.

FREE Promo Game Dates:

07/05/2023 - 07/21/2023
07/17/2023 - 08/04/2023
07/24/2023 - 08/11/2023
09/05/2023 - 09/22/2023
10/02/2023 - 10/20/2023
10/30/2023 - 11/17/2023

To enhance the experience, there are many resources available to participants: Teachers and other adults have access to a variety of curriculum guides and materials made available in the on-line Teacher Support Center (Teachers New to SMG).

Each lesson plan in the Teacher Support Center offers 2-3 paragraphs of teacher background to familiarize the teacher with the topic covered in the lesson.

Also, there are FREE 3-week Teacher Promo Games preceding each regular fall or spring game. Through these FREE games, teachers may have hands-on training before beginning the Stock Market Game with their students.

Teachers may register HERE for the Free Promo Game and completing the registration as "Teacher as an Individual." Correspondence during ALL games is via e-mail, so a CORRECT and VIABLE e-mail address on all registrations is a must. A user ID and password are e-mailed before the game begins, which allows entry into the game.

Participating in SMG

The flexibility of the SMG program allows it to be used in a variety of subjects, including Social Studies, Math, Business, English and Language Arts, Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences as well as Economics. It can be integrated into school clubs, lunch programs, after school, and gifted student activities.

Lessons (Teacher Support Center – In the Classroom) are about a period in length, but can be adjusted to suit classroom needs. At least one period a week is recommended.

It takes 3 or 4 class periods to introduce your students to the SMG, which can be started before the game officially begins. Once it starts, students should have the opportunity to post trades at least once a week. The teacher has the flexibility of choosing how much or how little class time to devote to the program.

Registering for SMG

Teachers who wish to participate in the SMG must register their teams online at After entering the site, click on the Registration tab and follow directions. An e-mail address is required for registration.

Team Fees and Payment

A CHECK # (for personal payment) or a PURCHASE ORDER # from your school must be on your on-line pre-registration for the different categories below:

• Student teams or individual students (4-12 or college): $10.00/team
• Advisors (teachers advising student teams) participating independently: $10.00 each
• Individual adults (ex.--non-advising teachers): $10.00
• Parents of participating students: $10.00

ALL teachers wishing to participate in the SMG must register separately under their own names so each will receive his/her own full set of materials and periodic mailings. Teachers will be sent the Advisor IDs once the online registration has been completed, and the team IDs and passwords will be assigned prior to the game starting.

Teachers will be invoiced for the Game after the start of the game. It will be the teacher’s responsibility to send the invoice to the school's Accounts Payable Office. Payments will be due two weeks before the end of the game.

Competitive Divisions and Awards

Teams (2-5 students) participate in a competition based on portfolio value in 3 separate categories:

• Elementary (Grades 4-5)
• Junior High/Middle School (Grades 6-8)
• High School (Grades 9-12)

College, Teacher and Parent Teams participate in a non-competitive category.

Top three teams in the Stock Market Game from each division in the Fall and Spring games and design contest winner will be invited to our annual awards ceremony held at the end of the Spring semester.

InvestWrite Essay Contest
Design Contest
The Banquet of Champions
How To Videos

InvestWrite Essay Contest

National Rules - Download

The perfect companion, InvestWrite, is a teacher-designed writing component and competition that reinforces students newfound knowledge of the market. A link is provided above, on the SMG Homepage or in the Teacher Support Center at to learn more about InvestWrite.

InvestWrite is both a national and state wide competition. Students only need enter one essay for participation in both competitions. Competitions are run concurrently.

Design Contest

Nebraska Stock Market Game T-shirt

Design Contest Rules - Download

The "Design Contest" is available to any student on a team for either the Fall or Spring Stock Market Game.

Winner receives a $50 cash prize and tickets to the Banquet of Champions.

Entries must be postmarked by March 24, 2025.

2023-2024 winner Brenna Dorathy St John Lutheran School, Seward

The Banquet of Champions

Banquet of Champions

The Nebraska Council on Economic Education is pleased to host "The Banquet of Champions" each spring to recognize the top three Nebraska Stock Market Game teams (based on portfolio rankings) of each semester, fall and spring, in each of the three academic divisions: elementary, middle school, and high school. Along with these 18 teams, the winner of the T-shirt competition is recognized.

How To Videos

Teacher and Student Perspective

Teacher Student Perspective
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SMG Increases Test Scores

SMG Increases Test Scores
Download (15.1MB wmv)

What Should We Buy?

What Should We Buy?
Download (26.9MB wmv)

School House Rock - Walking on Wall Street

Walking on Wall Street
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