Stock Market Crash Simulation Game

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is for teachers to use as their students learn about the stock market crash that resulted in the Great Depression. Students will watch a video lesson and re-enact the market crash.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the cause and effect of Black Tuesday
  • Use content-specific language related to the economy
  • Simulate the stock market crash


This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Black Tuesday
  • buying on margin
  • consumerism
  • installment buying
  • stock market

Lesson Instructions

Activate prior knowledge by asking students what they know about the stock market. Write down their ideas and discuss.

Watch American Economy in the 1920s: Consumerism, Stock Market & Economic Shift with students. Pause at 1:00 to ask:

  • Why were the 1920s called the 'Roaring '20s'?

Watch the next section of the video. Pause at 2:29. Ask students:

  • What is consumerism?
  • How did consumerism change in the 1920s? Why?
  • What is installment buying? Do we still use it today?

Continue the video. Pause at 4:09 and ask the following questions:

  • Describe 'Coolidge Prosperity.'
  • What prompted people to invest in the stock market?
  • What is buying on margin? Why is it risky?

Watch the remainder of the video.

Ask students the following:

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