Great Depression | Stock Market Simulation Game | 1920s | U.S. History

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9th - 12th
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40 slides 7 pages
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This is a fun and interactive game to play with your secondary U.S. History students when studying the causes of the Great Depression. The presentation begins with an engaging introduction to the stock market. Very detailed directions are then given to play the stock market simulation game. Students will begin by choosing stock to purchase from a list of companies that existed in the 1920s. They will then complete the corresponding worksheet with the stock they purchased.

When they enter the classroom for the next six days, a new set of stock prices will be displayed for the years 1923-1929. Also included is a short description of the current situation for each company for the year displayed. Each day they will calculate their total loss or profit. To make it VERY easy, no buying of selling of the stock is allowed. The last year is 1929 and many of them will be shocked at the dramatic decline in their stock price. The student who gained the most profit (or lost the least amount) will be declared the winner! A set of review questions are included. VERY specific directions are also included for both the teacher and the student.

This purchase includes the following:

Detailed Lesson Plan

 40-slide PowerPoint presentation

 4-page worksheet: The Stock Market Game (and example is included to use while modeling)

 2-page Company Prospectus (1920’s Companies)

 Link to film clip: How the Stock Market Works

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40 slides 7 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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