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Comparing saving and investing


Students explore the differences between saving and investing and answer questions about which one they’d use to reach different financial goals.

Big idea

People typically save for short-term goals and invest for long-term goals.

Essential questions

  • What are some differences between saving and investing?
  • What are some long-term goals you can achieve with investing?


  • Understand the differences between saving and investing
  • Explore the different goals saving and investing can help achieve

What students will do

  • Explore the differences between saving and investing.
  • Determine whether saving or investing would be ideal for reaching different financial goals.

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Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.