Thursday, 9 April 2015

A Word On Piggy Banks...

My grade 5 students are studying "what are those/these?" and within the topic vocabulary comes "piggy banks" . Confused student comes to me and points to the rabbit shaped piggy banks in his textbook asking " are these rabbit banks?" I laugh. ..but then I had to think , why do we call them piggy banks ??
Wikipedia is awesome. I quickly searched and found that in English we have two meanings for 'pig' , obviously the animal but also pig refers to an earthenware pottery that's not fired. So the piggy banks first made were made from 'pig' which is why the animal pig shape became popular for their design.
Lil' history lesson for ya.
Hope this helps if your students ask the same !


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