SMG Getting Started
How do I get started in The Stock Market Game?
To get started in the SMG program, visit Stock Market Game registration. This page provides essential information on program requirements and important dates. SMG is a national program of the SIFMA Foundation and is coordinated locally by the State of Utah, Department of Commerce, Division of Securities, who is dedicated to youth financial literacy.
Where do I begin after I’ve registered?
If you are new to SMG, click on the “Start Here” section of the Teacher Support Center. It has lesson plans and introductory guides for implementing the program. If you are a returning teacher, start by reviewing your favorite lessons and activities. Some of the lessons may have been updated since the last time you participated.
What is the Teacher Support Center?
The Teacher Support Center is a searchable library of curriculum resources, lesson plans, assessments, and standards correlations that help you introduce your students to personal finance fundamentals, including saving and investing, and provide real-world practice in core academic subjects such as math, English, and social studies (economics).
How do I access the Teacher Support Center?
There are two distinct logins in The Stock Market Game: (1) Advisor and (2) Team. The Advisor ID and password are used to log into the Teacher Support Center. The Team ID and Password are used by students. Each team receives a shared team ID and password to log into their online investment portfolios. The Advisor is easily distinguished by the capital “T” in the third section of the ID (e.g. AB_12_T 123456). Log in by clicking the appropriate link at: www.stockmarketgame.org. Advisors and their Teams login at the same site.
What do you mean by “Correlated to Common Core State Standards?”
Lessons in the Teacher Support Center are correlated to the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These correlations are presented in an interactive table in the Standards section of the Teacher Support Center. The Stock Market Game effectively contextualizes the academic content standards, practices, and career skills expressed in the CCSS, STEM, and by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
What if I don’t know anything about investing?
The objective of the SMG program is to introduce its participants to the fundamentals of investing. Each lesson plan provides a brief “Teacher Background.” The purpose of the Teacher Background brief is to provide you with enough information to successfully implement the lesson with your students. In addition to the Teacher Background briefs, the SMG Teacher Support Center provides you with publications, links, and other resources to help get you comfortable teaching the content. You can also contact your local SMG Coordinator for additional assistance.
What if I’m not a teacher?
Everyone has the potential to be a great SMG teacher. The challenge is finding the teaching materials appropriate for your teaching environment. The SMG Teacher Support Center provides materials that help you teach fundamental investment concepts in afterschool, homeschool, other out-of-school and alternative teaching situations.
Do you have materials for after-school and homeschool use?
Yes! The Teacher Support Center has easy-to-follow instructional guides, suggested lessons, activities, and projects for afterschool and homeschool participants. Though afterschool and homeschool resources are designed specifically for their respective audiences, they may be used interchangeably with each other or with educational materials designed for classroom participants.