A highly engaging unit summary or review activity for exponent laws, packed with the motivation of a mystery picture and collaborative goal! Three versions are included, one with only positive exponents, and one with negative exponents included, and one with more basic problems without mixing the laws. (All versions stick with integer exponents). Students apply the product, quotient, and power rules to simplify each expression and decode the colour-key, then use it to colour their section of the larger mosaic. The image comes together as each of the students do their part! Individual accountability is achieved since every students’ problem set is different.
• .pdf and .docx versions
• Positive exponents version (9 worksheet mosaic)
• Negative exponents included version (9 worksheet mosaic)
• Basic version included version (9 worksheet mosaic)
• Each student worksheet contains helpful formulas to summarize the exponent laws
• Complete answer keys showing the simplified expressions for every worksheets
• Teaching Tips page, to ensure smooth implementation of this task
• Mosaic guide, showing the completed coloured picture with coordinates
• Simplify products and quotients of powers
• Simplify expressions involving the power of a power
• All bases and exponents are integers
CHECK OUT THE PRODUCT PREVIEW to see sample worksheets, showing the range of problem types. You will know exactly what these worksheets involve!
1. Calculate the answers.
2. Colour the squares.
3. Cut out your section.
4. Combine with the class!
If you like this product, be sure the check out the whole "Colouring by..." series, sorted by topic.
All my "Colouring by..." math mosaics use the standard colours found in a Crayola 24 pack of coloured pencils. For best results, use the exact colour name match, and stick to one type of colouring medium. Maybe a class set of pencil crayons would be a fun departmental purchase? :)
Ontario Curriculum Connection:
MPM1D (positive exponent version)
• MPM2D (negative exponent version) -Quadratic Relations:
(1.4) “…determine the meaning of a negative exponent and of zero as an exponent … by applying the exponent rules for multiplication and division.”
• MBF3C - Mathematical Models
(2.1) … describe the meaning of negative exponents and of zero as an exponent
(2.3) determine … the exponent rules for multiplying and dividing numerical expressions involving exponents … and the exponent rule for simplifying numerical expressions involving a power of a power
• MAP4C (both versions)
(1.1) determine … the exponent laws for multiplying and dividing algebraic expressions involving exponents … and the exponent law for simplifying algebraic expressions involving a power of a power (1.2) simplify algebraic expressions containing integer exponents using the laws of exponents