Grade 5

After reading over the story, you may need to reassure the students that two-dollar bills do exist! Also, students may forget about half-dollar and dollar coins, so you may need to remind them that there are six possible coins for the change.

Sandy bought some things at the store and paid with a two-dollar bill. The change was five coins, but none of the coins had the same value as any other coin. What could the amount of Sandy’s purchase have been?

- There are six coins: penny (P), nickel (N), dime (D), quarter (Q), half-dollar (H) and dollar ($). So there is only one coin that is
*not*used. - The amount of her purchase could have been $0.10, $0.14, $0.19, $0.34, $0.59, or $1.09.

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