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Puzzling out your savings future


Using an origami children’s puzzle, students will choose an item, a time frame, and a dollar amount to determine how long they need to save before they can buy that item.

Big idea

The more money we save, the faster we can reach our goals.

Essential questions

  • Why is it important to have a savings goal?
  • How does having a plan help you reach your savings goal?


  • Understand the importance of having a savings goal
  • Understand how a plan can help people meet savings goals

What students will do

  • Create an origami puzzle and play with a partner to determine a savings goal.
  • Calculate monthly savings amounts needed to meet the goal.

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Student materials


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