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Experimenting with saving


Students listen to or read a fable and then do a science experiment to learn how saving a little over a long time can add up.

Big idea

Saving a little bit over a long time can add up.

Essential questions

  • What are good savings habits?
  • Why is it a good idea to save a little money over a long time?


  • Apply the process of water displacement to saving money
  • Understand how savings can add up over time

What students will do

  • Listen to or read the Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Pitcher.”
  • Experiment with putting small rocks in a bowl of water to see how the water moves.
  • Discuss similarities between this experiment and saving small amounts of money over time.

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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.