Stocks & Stock Market

Stock Market Investing Lessons


Learn the basics of stock investing and the stock market with our comprehensive educational resources. Our lessons, worksheets, and information cover topics such as personal finance, money management, and investment strategies. Use this material to improve your understanding of stocks, the stock market, and how to invest wisely. Additionally, these resources can be used to improve real-world math skills.

Have you ever thought about using the stock market as a tool to teach about the economy, math, and other related subjects? Not only is the stock market a real-world application of economic principles, but it also allows students to see the direct impact of their decisions and gain a deeper understanding of how the economy works. Plus, the math involved in tracking and analyzing stock performance can be a great way to reinforce mathematical concepts.

Learn the fundamentals of stocks, including what they are, how to buy them, how to calculate stock price changes, and how to read stock market tables. While understanding stocks and the stock market can provide valuable insights into the economy and business, it's important to note that investing in individual stocks is not always the best choice for most people. Instead, for those who want to invest in the stock market, low-cost index funds or ETFs can provide a simpler and more diversified investment option.

What is a Stock?

A stock is a unit of ownership in a company, also known as equity. As a stockholder, or shareholder, you have a claim on the company's assets and profits. The percentage of ownership of a company that you own is determined by dividing the number of shares you own by the total number of shares outstanding.

For example, if you own 1000 shares of a company and there are 10,000 shares outstanding, your ownership percentage is 10%.

Stocks are also traded on the stock market, where they fluctuate in value based on supply and demand. As a stockholder, you have the ability to buy and sell your shares, and the value of your investment can increase or decrease based on the performance of the company and overall market conditions.

Stock Certificate

Ownership of a stock is represented by a stock certificate, which signifies your stake in the company. However, in modern times, electronic tracking of ownership has replaced physical stock certificates, making it more convenient to buy and sell shares.

As a stockholder, your main role is to benefit from the stock's price appreciation or suffer losses when the price drops. Additionally, you have the right to vote for the company's board of directors. Another potential benefit is receiving dividends, which are a percentage of the company's profits distributed to shareholders.

It's important to note that buying stocks carries risk, as the value of the stock can increase or decrease, and in the worst case, the company may go bankrupt, potentially resulting in the loss of your investment. Investing in stocks is about taking risks in the hopes of earning a return on your investment, with no guarantee of profit.

The worksheets provided offer an opportunity to practice and deepen your understanding of stocks. They are designed to be random and customizable, so you can print out multiple versions depending on the skill level of your students.

Basic Stock Lessons

This material provides a foundation in basic stock market principles.



Introduction to Stocks

A playful and engaging animated video that makes learning about stocks easy and fun for beginners. Get a grasp on the fundamentals of stocks and take the first steps towards understanding the stock market with this entertaining and informative lesson. It breaks down the complex concepts of stocks and finance into simple and easy-to-digest explanations, in a fun, kid-friendly way. The basics of stocks are taught with this fun and informative guide.



What is the Stock Market?

A video lesson introducing students to the Stock market. The stock market and Wall Street are two terms used in the United States to refer to all aspects of securities trading including stock exchanges that list shares of public companies, or stocks, and other markets that trade securities. Learn and understand the basics of Wall Street and the stock market for beginners.



What are Stocks?

A video lesson introducing students to the basics of stocks. How do they work, and why do investors purchase stock shares? Learn about why companies issue stocks, stock certificates, the benefits and risks of being a stock shareholder, and the stock market. Investment, capital appreciation, dividends, voting rights, and limited liability of stocks.



Stocks and the Stock Market


Stock Market Table

The stock market tables gives you basic information and price history for stocks. You can use it to see how stocks you own or are interested in owning are performing, and how they have performed in the past. Reading a stock market table is simple once you understand how to do it.


Stock Market Simulation

Learn about the stock market.  A lesson plan to take you through the steps to teach a simulation of the stock market to your class.



Buying Stocks

Practice calculating stock price times shares.

How Many Shares?

Practice calculating how many shares you can buy.



Stocks - Percentage Change

Practice calculating a stock's percentage price change.

Stocks - Dollar Change

Practice calculating a stock's dollar price change.



Stock Market Transactions Form *

Stock Transaction form for buying and selling stocks.


Stock Investing Analysis



Price Earnings Ratio for Stocks

Learn about the PE Ratio.
A price earning ratio, or "P/E" for short, is a commonly used way to simplistically value a company (determine what a company's stock should be worth). It is simply a company's stock price divided by a company's earnings per share.



Common Stock Valuation

Understand how common stocks are valued.

Learn to value stocks including using the present value of future dividends and the present value of free cash flow.




AI Technology Investing. Bubble or Opportunity Lesson

In this lesson, students will learn about AI technology and its impact on personal finance. Understand the growth of Artificial Intelligence companies, the potential for an AI bubble, and the importance of investment diversification and comprehensive financial planning. Blending fundamental investment principles, contemporary market analysis, historical context, and practical financial advice, the lesson demystifies complex financial concepts, encouraging students to critically engage with current market trends.





The Great Depression

Students will understand the events preceding the Great Depression, and learn about "Black Tuesday", the stock market crash of 1929.


Additional Investment Resources



Investing Information

Basic information on personal investing including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Learn principles of finance and investing, and using a financial planner.


Teaching Stocks and Investing

Some information about teaching stocks and investing.


Basic Principles of Investing for Beginners

Some basic principles you should understand before investing your money.


Day Trading Stocks

Information on the basics of day trading stocks.




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