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 2019-2020 Stock Market Game
Fall - September 9 to December 6, 2019
Cost - $10 per team (2-5 students)
Spring - January 13 to April 10, 2020
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.
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).
FREE Promo Game Dates:
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 www.stockmarketgame.org.
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.