Stock Market Game

Stock Market Game Overview

Far More than a Game

Whether you teach in a classroom, mentor students in an afterschool program, or are a homeschool parent, The Stock Market Game is the right tool for you to help your students build a fundamental understanding of investing while providing them with real world skills practice in math, English Language Arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects.

Teachers consistently tell us about the positive influence our programs have on their students. The educational impact of the Stock Market Game is unmatched, with proven improvement in student attendance, engagement and class participation, and improved academic performance and financial behavior.   To support implementation of the game and integration into the classroom, we have a great one day course and webinars

Take a virtual tour of all the Stock Market Game has to offer in lesson plans, functionality and impact on your students. Teachers/participants have the ability to test out the program before the longer sessions start through a short three-week Teacher Prep/Promo.


Deepen the Lessons Learned

To expand the lessons learned through the Stock Market Game, we have partnered with SIFMA to connect teachers with the financial community through Invest It Forward.  This program pairs an investment professional from the local community to visit classrooms and have a more in-depth discussion of concepts within the Stock Market Game and careers in the field.

We encourage teachers to challenge their students through InvestWrite, a capstone essay contest that allows students to synthesize what they have learned each Stock Market Game session.

Setting the Standard

The Stock Market Game has a 10 week program with lessons plans that meet state of Wisconsin new educational standards for personal finance education and highlights key economics concepts such as scarcity, supply and demand, current events and exposure to our market-based economy.

Standard PFL.MM1: Students will demonstrate their ability to use money management skills and strategies.

  • b: Financial Management

Standard PFL.MM2: Students will utilize financial institutions and service providers to support money management.

  • a: Financial Institutions and Service Providers

Standard PFL.SI1: Students will explore the value, features, and planning processes of saving and apply this knowledge to attain financial security.

  • a: Saving Principles
  • d: Saving Risk and Reward

Standard PFL.SI2: Students will explore investing value, features, and planning processes, and apply this knowledge to attain financial security.

  • a: Investing Principles
  • b: Investing Types and Features
  • c: Investing Goal Planning
  • d: Investing Risks and Rewards


What is the Stock Market Game?

Student teams of one to five players begin with $100,000 in their investment

account.  As a team, they must make at least three trades based on their research in the investment.  We partner with SIFMA, school districts and others to offer the game across our state.   Over 1200 teams composed of 4,000 students competed statewide last school year.   Beyond learning the value of investing, students learn teamwork, decision-making and are exposed to potential career opportunities.


The new grand prize will be $500 to each of the students on the winning team (max of $2500 per team). The team will also receive a banner. W9 will be required for each student.  Team fees are only $25 per team.  


Offers an experience without a prized competition.  Team fees are lower only $20.00 per team.  Trading starts September and goes until April. 

Teams may enter in one of the three grade-based regions:

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

Yearlong Game: September 5th – May 31st

Fall Game: October 2nd – December 8th

Spring Game: February 20th – April 26th