Grade K

Write the Headline Story on the board and read it to the class. If children need help coming up with some of the ideas suggested in the sample responses, pose questions such as, “What coins could you have?”, “What if someone gave you more money? How much would you have?”, or “How could you share your money with a friend?”

You also might choose to visually represent the various coin combinations that make 5 cents. If you do not have coins available, draw circles with the letter N for nickels and P for pennies.

I have 5 cents.

- You could have one nickel.
- You could have five pennies.
- You could not have both a nickel and any pennies.
- You could only have one kind of coin.
- If you bought something for 3 cents, you would have 2 cents left.
- You do not have enough money to buy something that costs 6 cents.
- If someone gave you a penny you would have 6 cents.
- If someone gave you two pennies you would have 7 cents.
- If you wanted to share your money with a friend, you could give that friend 2 cents, but you would still have 3 cents which is more than 2 cents.
- If you gave your friend 3 cents, your friend would have more money than you.
- You could not share 5 cents fairly with a friend.

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