Stock Game Resource Packet

The Stock Game Teacher Packet provides an overview of the Stock Game and includes various resources and activities to help teachers effectively incorporate the game into their classrooms. The packet covers topics such as basic research and comparing stocks, how to play the Stock Game, how to research stocks, grading rubrics for assessing student performance, and investing and economics slideshows.

To help your students get started, here is the Student Guide made specifically for them!

Please use the Teacher Resource Packet for help with site navigation, details about your instructor account, and for all our available learning materials.

Basic Research and Comparing Stocks Activity

We recommend students start with this 12-minute interactive activity, Basic Research and Comparing Stocks. Students will be lead through a step-by-step process to help them figure out which companies or stocks to invest in first.

They’ll be introduced to the research tools available on PersonalFinanceLab.

Share this link with your students to get started!

Stock Game Basics

To trade any security type, go to Stock Game on the main menu and select which trading page you want to open. You must select the security type first to open the right trading page.

If it’s your first time on the site, a product tour will launch that will tell you all the main areas on the trading page. Here are the basics to help you get started.

  1. Exchange: By default, the U.S. Stock Exchange is selected from the North American region. You can choose another one by changing the region from the dropdown menu, (if international exchanges are enabled in your session).
  2. Action: Students can choose between; Buy, Sell, Short and Cover, however, most sessions do not allow short selling.
  3. Symbol: Enter the ticker symbol you want to trade. If you don’t know the symbol, you can use the Symbol Lookup page. This is available from under the Investment Research tab on the main menu.
  4. Quantity: The amount must always be whole numbers, you cannot enter a fraction or decimal.
  5. Order Type: For simplicity, you and your students may use the default “Market Order” to have your trades execute immediately while the market is open. You can also use Limit Orders, Stop Orders, Trailing Stop $ or Trailing Stop %. To learn more about how to use the different order types, watch our tutorial video Order Types.
  6. Charts: You and your students can use the simple or advanced charting feature to see the price fluctuations over time. Once you’ve entered the ticker symbol, additional company information will populate below the trading window.
  7. Preview: When you’re done entering the trading settings, click “Preview” to see the total cost with commission included. If you like the price, you’ll be prompted to enter a trading note. Click “confirm” to execute your order.

We also have a tutorial video on how to trade stocks, that goes through all the steps of placing a trade. Once your students know the basics, they can use our integrated research tools from the Quotes page to get more information on the companies they want to invest in.

How to Research Stocks

To access all the researching and quoting tools, go to the Investing Research tab on the main menu. From here you can see market summary information; like the biggest movers over the last 52 weeks, get detailed financial information on publicly traded companies, research mutual funds or get trading ideas.

If you know a company you’d like to invest in, but you don’t know the ticker symbol, click on Symbol Lookup, as shown in the screenshot below.

Once you’ve entered the company name, you’ll have access to the following information about their financial standing.

  • Company Profile – who is this company and what do they do?
  • Company News – news feed showing stories mentioning this stock; a great place to look to find out why their price is going up or down.
  • Analyst Ratings – what is Wall Street saying about this stock? Buy, Sell, or Hold?
  • Price History – a record of this company’s stock price going back to their original listing, with charts.
  • Financial Statements – Income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements going back 20 years.
  • Detailed Quote – more metrics about this stock, like PE ratios, dividend yield, earnings per share, etc.

By clicking through the buttons on the left side panel you can see even more information before placing your trade or choosing to invest in another company. The trade button beside the search bar will take you back to the trading page with that ticker symbol pre-selected.


  • How long does it take to play the Stock Game?

    The Stock Game takes more time in the beginning as students learn how to build their virtual portfolios. The time they spend watching tutorial videos and using the researching and quoting tools can vary depending on your students’ current understanding of stocks and the stock market.

    Once your students are more familiar with the platform, it can take as little as 2-5 minutes per day to manage their holdings or check the Rankings page.

    Check out this teacher interview where the 4th grade students from North Point School placed trades on the first day they were introduced to PersonalFinanceLab.

  • Is this in-class or homework?

    Both! The Stock Game can be played anywhere with internet access. The real-time data used in this virtual simulation follows the regular hours of US stock exchanges (Monday to Friday 9:30AM to 4PM EST). So, if students are placing trades outside of these hours, their trades will execute at the next market open.

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