The biannual South Dakota Stock Market Game (SMG), a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase stock portfolios, is a perfect example of a program that mixes Common Core standards and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills, according to
Teachers may now register for the fall 2014 session of the SDSMG game which begins
"The SMG program meets the state Common Core standards by using project-based learning that integrates contextual learning and problem solving in real-world saving and investing situations," Altmyer said.
In math, students improve testing-taking skills by calculating ratios, performing operations with decimals and identifying proportional relationships. In English Language Arts, students interpret complex texts and data, engage in research and write explanatory texts and arguments, he said.
"The program also addresses STEM skills by organizing content into 12 core investment topics and applying a structured approach to problem solving including: defining a problem, generating ideas, exploring possibilities and evaluation of financial information," Altmyer said noting students also develop a greater understanding of numeration, algebraic equations, and probability and estimation.
To register, go to www.stockmarketgame.org and click on Register Now and select
Free web-based teaching-training workshops will be held for teachers before the game starts.
There is a
The top teams receive cash prizes in each division. Students who participate receive free entry into InvestWrite, a national writing competition where students compile online essays on the benefits of long-term saving and investing. The top essays receive a free trip for the team and teacher to
The SMG is presented by the
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