Understanding the Stock Market

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Clear explanations and related activities about the stock market will help students to understand its importance and function.

This worksheet includes several FutureFit Extension Activities that highlight 21st Century skills like critical thinking, service mentality, and creativity. These FutureFit Extension Activities are designed to reinforce the concepts included in the worksheet activity while integrating real-world skills. They can be used as in-class independent practice or group activities, or assigned for take-home or independent work.

FutureFit Extension Activities


(10-15 minutes, computers/tablets and internet)
Have students choose a “favorite” from the following 5 categories, and then use the internet to research the parent company and its stock symbol (Yahoo Finance is a good place to search for stock symbols).

  • Favorite cereal
  • Favorite soda
  • Favorite TV show
  • Favorite video game
  • Favorite sneaker or other athletic gear

Get Real

(10-15 minutes, computers/tablets and internet):
After finding the parent companies of their some of their favorite products, have students use the NASDAQ stock exchange website to find out how many shareholders own the parent company. (This information can be obtained by searching for a company, and then clicking the "Ownership Summary" link under "Holdings" on the left-hand menu of the search results page. For example, here is a list of Nike's shareholders.)
Point out that companies are owned by shareholders, which may include thousands of individuals who own various numbers of shares.

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The 20th Century
The 20th Century
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This comprehensive book presents highlights of each decade from the 1900s to the 1990s. It examines the political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, and technological advances of the twentieth century and introduces students to the individuals who made history in each decade.
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