Grade K

The Headline Story is purposefully open-ended so children can explore several possible ways to answer. Encourage children to make up number sentences or stories about the sentence. As children present possible scenarios, you might want to add clues, such as “none of the coins are dimes,” or “at least one of the coins is a penny.”

I have three coins.

- You could have three pennies.
- If you had three pennies, you would have three cents.
- The smallest amount of money you could have is three cents.
- You could have one nickel and two pennies.
- You could have a dime and two pennies. That would be even more money than a nickel and two pennies.
- Because one dime is worth 10 cents, a dime and two pennies is worth 12 cents.
- I can write a number sentence that shows the amount of money you might have. If you had three pennies, the number sentence would be 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. If you had two nickels and one penny, then the number sentence would be 5 + 5 + 1 = 11.

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