Activity 3

THANK-YOU NOTE*

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After talking with Toad, Maria thought some more about stocks, profits, and risk. She thought about the $500.00 her Aunt Elizabeth had given her as a gift for making the school honor roll. She talked to her parents about what to do with the money and then she decided to invest it in stock.

Pretend that you are Maria. Write a letter to your Aunt Elizabeth in the space below and thank her for her gift. Explain that you have decided to use the money to help buy shares of stock in a business. Aunt Elizabeth might be made uneasy by the news of your decision to buy stock. She keeps all her extra money in a savings account. Anticipate Aunt Elizabeth's concerns. Explain why you think you are making good use of the money, even though stock ownership involves risks.

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© *Activity 3 is adapted from The Stock Market Game Guide, published in 1990 by the Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., and used for this lesson with permission.

Stock Ownership, MacDonalds: Economics Lesson