Maths - Resource of the week

29th June 2012 at 01:00
Be a business tycoon

Get pupils excited about making a profit with Kimberley Jane Anderson's investment-themed percentage lesson.

What is it?

A game of four rounds. Pupils are told they have pound;100 to invest and that stocks are available in wheat and oats. They must decide how much to invest in each. The teacher then explains by what percentage each stock has risen or fallen and pupils must calculate how much money they have to take to the next round. The activity continues with sugar and salt, silver and gold, and oil and technology.

Why is it useful?

It's an engaging activity that encourages pupils to feel passionate about percentages as they battle to get the biggest profit. Why not give the child with the biggest final total a prize? This could also be a useful starter for introducing stock markets and shares for a higher level economics lesson.

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