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Teach Financial Education
with Arctopia: Bryan Gets FinEd

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Theory

Saving Money

Learn strategies for saving money so you can buy something you want or need!

Teacher Resources

  • Theory: This lesson teaches your students how to save money.
  • Play: Students complete the game during the lesson.
  • Share & Discuss: These tasks focus on saving money.

Saving Money

  1. To save money, you will need a source of income, such as a weekly allowance or a part-time job.
  2. Minimizing unnecessary expenditures is necessary, because wants are unlimited and all available money will always be spent without deliberate action to save
  3. To make saving easier for you, you can calculate how long it will take to save to buy what you are saving for

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Teacher Resources

Play

Lesson Goal

Now is time to play the game!

Starting questions.

Teacher Resources

It’s a good idea to discuss winning and losing in the game with your students. Below is some information on the game’s winning mechanics. Did your students realize all these facts below?

  • The game takes place over a single week. You do not need to save up all the money during this week, as long as you consistently keep on saving (and achieve your goal within 12 weeks).
  • If your happiness gets too low (zero), you will lose the game.
  • When saving money, it is inevitable that you will become unhappier. You will need to balance spending and saving to beat the game.

How to Play

On a computer, press Play! to start the game. If you are playing on a handheld device, this step is not needed.

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Tick the box and click Continue.

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Finally, click Play to begin.

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Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • What was hardest about the game?
  • Did you meet your savings target? How did you do it? If you didn’t, what do you think went wrong?
  • Are you planning on saving money for something in real life?

Tasks after Playing

Consider the following questions:

  • Have you saved money before? What was it for?
  • Why do you think it is a good idea to save money in a bank? There are a few reasons why.
  • Think of what you could give up to save money. Write down these things and compare your list with a classmate!