This task provides a simple introduction to the stock market. Students calculate the new prices for a variety of fictional shares based on daily percentage changes. This material can be used
This task requires little more than the ability to calculate simple percentage changes. Students with experience of using spreadsheets could use these to record their results; alternatively, this exercise might provide a good opportunity to introduce spreadsheets. The suggested extension could involve more complicated calculations involving dealing costs, exchange rates, etc.
The activity presented here is suitable for a whole-class introduction.
The PowerPoint presentation ‘Stocks and shares’ should be used as a whole-class introduction. It includes extensive notes and further suggestions on using the materials in class, including advice on developing a more substantial activity based on the same theme.
These materials were originally developed by Tom Carpenter.