This is an interactive PowerPoint activity asking students to convert large numbers from standard form to scientific notation (4), scientific notation to standard form (4), order both types of notations (3), and find the total from a list (1). Each slide is themed with the cover of “Popular Math and Science” newspaper. I started with facts about the earth and stars and stumbled across information about the release of the new Star Wars movie in my research which offered more than enough examples. The majority of the activity is based on interesting data (cost of production, first-day earnings, estimated merchandise sales, etc.) from the Star War’s 7 movie that I thought students would like. I have included video clips of the movie’s trailer and a look behind-the-scenes to peek student interest.
I am also including a set of 12 matching task cards and a student answer sheet to correlate with the PowerPoint.