Money Pieces

Money Pieces


Money Pieces helps students visualize and understand money values and relationships. Two versions of coins and bills are provided: virtual currency pieces that replicate the appearance and relative size of U.S. coins and the dollar bill, and area money pieces.

Area money pieces represent the values of coins and the dollar bill using an area model in which 1 square unit is equal to 1 penny. Nickels, dimes, quarters, and half dollars are represented by collections of squares equal to their value. In this way, the area pieces can be used to model and compute with fractions and decimals.

This virtual version of our money value pieces is an open-ended educational tool, ideal for elementary classrooms and other learning environments that use laptops, iPads, or Chromebooks.

Money value pieces are a key model used in Bridges in Mathematics, second edition. Online preview available.

  • Money Pieces example 1
  • Money Pieces example 2
  • Money Pieces example 3
  • Money Pieces example 4
  • Money Pieces example 5

App Features

  • Switch between currency and area money pieces.
  • Illustrated shades can be used to pose problems with unknown quantities of money.
  • Convert money to different bill or coin values. For example, two quarters can be exchanged for 1 half dollar, 10 nickels, 5 dimes, or 50 pennies.
  • Rotate and duplicate selected items.
  • Choose to show either side (heads or tails) of the currency or money pieces.
  • Use the drawing tools to annotate work and show understanding.
  • Write equations and expressions with the math text tool.

Related Products

Technical Support and Feedback

This app was crafted by Clarity Innovations: “We improve teaching and learning by creating solutions that match promising technologies with the needs of education.” For app support and feedback, contact them at 

© 2021 The Math Learning Center