. Grade 2, Illustrative icon

Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is for students to find combinations of coins that total the amounts given in a story. Since this task works primarily with coins, it can be given to students fairly early in learning about money and money combinations. Giving the students time to work with both plastic coins and the paper coins will ensure that they can find multiple ways of representing the same amount of money. The teacher can encourage this form of problem solving by extending the lesson later with real-life situations, such as: If you need 50 cents to buy milk in the cafeteria, how many ways could you pay for it?

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