Saving Activities

MATH: Two Ways to Double Your Savings

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Practice calculating how many years it will take to double a given amount of money in various savings accounts in two different ways: using logarithms and using the Rule of 72

CARTOONS: Why is it So Hard to Save Money?

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Examine a number of cartoons about saving and choose one to analyze in more depth
  • Explain the cartoon's key message about why it can be challenging to save money and how it depicts that message

MOVE: Using the Rule of 72

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Internalize how the Rule of 72 can be used to think about the power of compound interest.
  • Use movement in the classroom to physically model the Rule of 72

INTERACTIVE: Living Paycheck to Paycheck

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Play the game Spent and reflect on their experience of living paycheck to paycheck.

COMPARE: Select a Savings Account

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Determine what features they value in a savings account and then conduct online research to determine which accounts best meet their needs. They compare and then select which savings account would be best for them.

COMPARE: Types of Savings Accounts (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Conduct online research on different kinds of saving accounts including OSAs, CDs, and more. Students will then use their knowledge to make recommendations on which type of saving account they think people in three different scenarios should use.
  • Available in English & Spanish

CREATE: Your Savings Goals (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Brainstorm short-, medium-, and long-term savings goals.
  • Available in English & Spanish

INVESTIGATE: Mystery of the $8 Million Janitor

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Research Ronald Read, the janitor who made over $8M through saving and investing. They will crunch the numbers for how he did it, and look for saving and investing tips they can use to match his success.

PROJECT: Use a PSA to Inspire Saving

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will work in groups to create a public service announcement convincing their target audience to save money in order to reach a goal.