|Stock Market Predictors
||Students will track stocks and the major market
indicators for 30 days. They will then chart the value of the
stocks along with the market indicators to determine which
indicator is best for their specific stock. Then they will try to
explain their results.
Main Curriculum Area: Computer
Grade Level: Secondary
Approximate Time Required: 2 hours
Primary Goal and Objective: 3.1
Other Goals & Objectives from the NC
Standard Course of Study:
||This project is designed for use in Economic, Legal and
Political Systems courses.
Other Subjects Covered: Information,
Teacher's Lesson Goals/Objectives:
||Students should learn that the stock market
fluctuates, and that indicators such as the Dow Jones are only
effective for certain types of corporations.
||Newspapers with stock prices for the 30 days of the
Technology Resources Needed (computer hardware,
||Computer with a spreadsheet capable of charting.
||Discuss the concepts of stocks and the stock
market. Explain what indicators are. Introduce students to the
major market indicators.
||Students will choose a stock to follow. Each day
the students should record the stock's value and the value of any
2 of the following: Dow Jones, Standard and Poor's, NASDAQ. They
should also record and follow 1 of the following: AT&T,
General Motors. After 30 days (not including weekends) the
students should each enter their data into a spreadsheet. They
should then produce a chart from their data. Students should
answer the questions: "Which indicator best predicted the
changes in the value of the stock you were following?"
"Does your stock follow the major stock?" "Why do
you see these trends?"
||Students should answer the questions: "Which
indicator best predicted the changes in the value of the stock you
were following?" "Does your stock follow the major
stock?" "Why do you see these trends?" The
resulting answers should be graded based on quality of reasoning.
Supplemental Resources / Information for
Teachers (handouts, background information, bibliographies, examples of
student work, etc.):
Relevant Web Sites:
Additional Comments from the Author of This
||These materials were developed to support and
enhance the use of the 1998 K-12 computer/technology skills
standard course of study.
About the Author:
||Originally designed for use at East Davidson High
School for Marvine Meyers's ELP Classes.
Developed by Christopher I. Cobitz (NCA&T State University)
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