Period 3 – U.S. History Lesson Plan (3-30-2015)

U.S. History Header 2Unit:

Unit #1 – A Nation is Born / Unit #2 – Imperialism and Progressivism

Chapter #3 – The Birth of Modern America (1877 – 1900)

Section #3 – Immigration/Urbanization

Section #4 – Early Reforms in a Gilded Age

Chapter #5 – The Progressive Movement

Section #1 – The Roots of Progressivism

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will be able to examine the changing patterns of immigration from the 19th through the 20th centuries,  consider the challenges and contributions of immigrants, and analyze the “push” and “pull” influences of immigration (i.e. economic factors, advertising, political oppression, belief in social mobility) to 80% in 3 of 4 trials.

Today’s Objective:

While studying the men that became known as Robber-Barons we will need to take a moment to learn how stocks work and stock trading is done. Today we will be working on a stock trading simulation so that you can understand what is happening when these men began investing in their own business and others. This will be attemp #2 at this lesson due to the fact that the Friday version did not work out.

Behavioral Norms (Student Developed):

1.  “Only one person talks at a time” – Noah  (23 votes – approved)

2. “Respect others opinions/ideas” – Rob (31 votes – approved)

3. “Stay on task” – Andrea ( 27 votes – approved)


#1 – Form into groups of 4

#2 – Read through the prospectus packets on the corporations that you can choose to invest in.

#3 – You have $500 to spend in stocks. In 1919 all stocks that we are going to trade are worth $10.

#4 – I am going to call on each group one at a time and I want you to tell me what you have chosen to invest in and how much.

#5 – We will be moving from the year 1919 to 1929 in the stock market. The ultimate goal is to try and make as much money as possible from the market. Remember you invested $500 so anything above that is profit.

Student Work Evidence:

(Added to website after today’s lesson was completed)

Student Investment Numbers per Group per Year – Stock Simulation Game – U.S. History – (3-30-2015)

Slideshow of stock prices per year – Stock Prices per Year for Activity

Ticket Out the Door:

Debriefing Questions:

1 – What strategies did some groups use to invest?

2 – What strategies were successful? Which were not?

3 – Overall what strategy did your group use? How profitable were you?

4 – What behaviors did you notice the stock prices followed?

5 – How would you improve this simulation?




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