Grade K

Display the Headline Story pictured in the sidebar and read it aloud to the class. The sample responses are deliberately broader than what a class is likely to produce in one session. To help children get started you might ask, “How many pieces of cheese might Steve give to Raul and to Se-Wong?” or “How many pieces might Steve keep for himself?”

Steve had nine pieces of cheese. He gave _____ pieces to Raul and _____ pieces to Se-Wong.

- Steve might not like cheese, so he may have given it all away.
- He might have given Raul five pieces and Se-Wong four pieces, so 9 – 5 – 4 = 0.
- If he gave Raul three pieces and Se-Wong six pieces, then he gave Raul less then he gave Se-Wong.
- If Steve wanted some cheese too, he might have shared it evenly by giving Raul and Se-Wong each three pieces and keeping three pieces for himself, so 9 – 3 – 3 = 3.
- If Steve gave Raul and Se-Wong the same number of pieces and has one piece left for himself, then he gave them each four pieces.

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