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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions. CFPB conducts research and develops research-based content for K‒12 teachers, administrators, and education leaders to support youth financial education.

By understanding how, when, and where youth acquire the building blocks of financial capability, educators can select relevant programs and introduce innovative financial education strategies to nurture this development. CFPB's tools and resources can help you teach financial literacy across the curriculum, even if you’re new to the topic.

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Avoiding Debt Lesson Plan
Common Core
Students read a short story and a handout to learn about excessive debt and ways to avoid or reduce debt.
Calculating the numbers in your paycheck
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Students review a pay stub from a sample paycheck to understand the real-world effect of taxes and deductions on the amount of money they take home.
Writing about borrowing lesson
Students discuss good borrowing and lending behaviors and then write an expository, persuasive, or narrative paragraph about being a good borrower.
Giving to a cause activity
Students create a poster to persuade others to support a cause helping an imaginary community in need.
Exploring price changes
Students review scenarios involving an imaginary toy store to explore how supply and demand affect prices that people pay.
Using idioms to promote saving
  • English Language Arts
  • Middle School
Students explore idioms, which are expressions that use figurative speech, to better understand financial concepts like saving and earning.
Understanding credit scores
  • English Language Arts
  • Middle School
Students read an infographic and complete a vocabulary matching exercise to learn basic information about credit scores.
Calculating energy costs
Students calculate the yearly costs of operating energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs and compare them to the costs of using standard...
Exploring the minimum wage lesson plan
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Students conduct research on a U.S. Department of Labor webpage to learn about the minimum wage and some laws affecting workers
Understanding prepaid cards
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Students play a game and answer questions to learn about prepaid cards and explore whether they’d consider using them.