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**You can count on coins when you need a fraction of a dollar**

Money and Fractions You can count on coins when you need a fraction of a dollar By Doug Layne June 20, 2006

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**Fractions are parts of a whole**

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**The bottom number of a fraction shows how many equal parts in all**

4 1 3 2 4 EQUAL PARTS IN ALL

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**The top number shows how many of the equal parts we are working with**

What fraction of the shape is blue ? What are the names of this fraction? One out of four or one fourth or one quarter

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**When you have all of the equal parts you have a whole or one**

= 1

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**Well, what does all this fraction stuff have to do with money ?**

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**Sometimes we spend exactly whole dollars**

$ 3.00

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**Other times we spend parts (fractions) of a dollar**

$ . 25

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**Coins make it easy to spend parts of a dollar because….**

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**Coins are Fractions (parts) of a Dollar !**

Half Dollars

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**Coins are Fractions (parts) of a Dollar !**

Quarters

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**Fractions! Fractions of a Dollar !**

When we need to spend parts of a dollar, we can count on coins because they are Fractions! Fractions of a Dollar !

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**That way we don’t have to tear, rip, shred, chop, or saw the dollar bill into tiny little pieces !**

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**Fun Fact A penny is worth just 1 / 100 of a dollar. But it weighs more!**

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**What Did We Learn ? Why do we need coins?**

How is a coin like a fraction? What coin is ½ of a dollar? What coin is ¼ of a dollar ?

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**Works Cited Go Metal Detecting**

Picture of Dimes Picture of Half Dollars US Rare Currency Picture of Dollars

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