Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters. They are different sizes, and they are different fractions of a dollar. You will learn about fractions and finance with money games and an interactive fraction quiz!

Audio:   When writing amounts of money, two forms can be used: cents and dollars.

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To write cents, use a cent sign and do not use a decimal point with it. A quarter is worth 25 cents, or 25¢.To write dollars, use a decimal point and dollar sign, \$1.00. A decimal point is also used to show fractions of a dollar. A fraction is part of a whole, so "a fraction of a dollar" is a part of a dollar. A quarter, or \$0.25, means “twenty-five hundredths of a dollar,” which is a fraction of a dollar equal to 25 cents.

Discuss with a parent or teacher the name and value of each coin below: Now that you have discussed the name and value of each coin, let’s look at what “fraction of a dollar” each coin is. Think about how many parts equal a whole. In this case, the parts are the coins and the whole is the dollar:

 Name of Coin Coin Value "Fraction of a Dollar" penny \$0.01 1/100 nickel \$0.05 5/100 dime \$0.10 10/100 quarter \$0.25 25/100

Discuss with a parent or teacher:

How many pennies equal a dollar?How many nickels equal a dollar?How many dimes equal a dollar?How many quarters equal a dollar?

Now use the table above to work through the examples below:

ExampleA penny is what fraction of a dollar?

Since 100 pennies equals one dollar, then one penny is 1/100 of a dollar.

ExampleA dime is what fraction of a dollar?

Since ten dimes equals one dollar, then one dime is 1/10 of a dollar.

ExampleThree quarters are what fraction of a dollar?

Four quarters equal a dollar, so each quarter is ¼ of a dollar. Three quarters would be ¼ + ¼ + ¼ , or ¾ of a dollar.

Watch this short explanation on Fractions of a Dollar (Quarters): Discuss with a parent or teacher how many quarters would make a dollar.

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How many pennies make up a dollar?How do you determine "the fraction of a dollar" that a certain coin is?

Now, you will move on to the Got It? section to complete interactive practice with fractions of a dollar.