Share the Headline Story with the children and encourage them to think creatively about the problem situation. You might ask questions to help children come up with some ideas; this would help them to learn to give more varied responses.
I have $2.00. Each pencil costs 20¢, and each eraser costs 10¢.
Possible student responses
I could buy 10 pencils or 20 erasers.
I could buy 9 pencils and 2 erasers.
I could buy 6 pencils and 5 erasers and still have 30¢ left over.