Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Stock Market Game - Interdisciplinary Project Based Learning

For the last several weeks, our 5th Graders have been successfully researching, buying, and selling stocks as they participate in The Stock Market Game. Under the guidance of their math teacher, our students have shown themselves to be savvy investors, and our teams have regularly placed in the top ten for our region.  This week, The Stock Market Game comes to 5th Grade English! The Game includes an essay contest component, and 5th Graders will use their developing writing skills to begin drafting their submissions. After deciding which of their stocks would make for a good long term investment, students will write persuasive essays, using concrete evidence from their research and trading experience to support their opinions. While they conduct research and gather evidence in Math class, the girls will work on planning out their essays, complete with strong topic sentences, supporting details and conclusions, in English. This collaboration between the two disciplines came about quite organically, and we're looking forward to seeing the results of this interdisciplinary unit of study. 

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