Saving Squad – Children and money
Saving Squad is an interactive website designed to help students understand the concepts of banking, earning/spending money, and overall financial management. Start by creating an avatar, then head on over to the bank to open a checking account. Afterward, travel around the map looking for opportunities to earn cash by solving a variety of problems. Problem scenarios are broken up into three difficulty levels. Access the Teachers section of the site for lesson plans that can be downloaded in PDF format. The site is free to use and students may enter as a guest without having to sign in (an account is required in order to save student progress). Please note that some of the financial symbols are in English pounds.
NOTE: For younger learners, the site creators have developed Fun to Save for students aged 5-7 years.
- Use the word problems provided in the site to have students create their own using local prices and establishments.
- Ask students to reflect on their reasoning for their financial choices and whether or not such choices would be fiscally responsible in today’s economy.