Read the Headline Story to the class. Pose questions such as, “How many pennies might I have? What could I buy with the pennies? How many nickels could I trade my pennies for?
I have some pennies in my pocket.
Teacher Story: “At first, my students seemed unsure of how they should respond. It helped to provide an “if-then” sentence structure to give children some ideas. I started a response for them by saying, “If I have 2 pennies, then…” I had children complete the sentence several different ways so that it was clear that I was not looking for a particular correct answer. Once they understood that there were many different ways to complete the sentence, they seemed to be more comfortable with their responses. “