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Display the image in the sidebar, Nickel and Penny, to the class. You may want to show an actual nickel and penny as well. Ask children to think about the value of the coins or what they might do with them. Then encourage children to make up sentences or stories about the picture.
Possible student responses
- It’s a picture of a nickel and a penny.
- Both coins are circles.
- Both coins have men’s heads, words, and numbers on them.
- The nickel is bigger than the penny.
- I see 2 coins.
- One coin is silver and one coin is copper.
- A nickel is worth more than a penny.
- A nickel is worth 5 cents and a penny is worth 1 cent.
- The coins shown are worth 6 cents.
- If you used those coins to buy something that cost 4 cents, you would have 2 cents left.
- If you took the nickel out of the picture, there would be a picture of 1 coin and it would be worth 1 cent.
- If you took the penny out of the picture, there would be a picture of 1 coin that is worth 5 cents.