This three-page discovery of Product Rule, Quotient Rule, and Power Rule is intended to be used before introducing Exponent Rules.
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The worksheets guide students to expand expressions and make observations. They describe the property in sentences and then are led to develop their own rule.
Organizers are included to record the notes afterward. On the half-page sheets, students write the rule in mathematical language and also in their own words. Then they come up with two new examples using numbers and two new examples using variables.
The premise of inquiry-based learning is that students discover a mathematical concept or property on their own rather than just being given formulas and required to memorize them.
There are many benefits to using this discovery process in your classroom. Students can become very engaged in using their critical thinking skills. Instead of just learning how to apply and use a property or formula, they gain more ownership of the material and are able to understand why it works and how it was developed.
For follow-up practice with the Laws of Exponents, try:
Exponent Rules War Game
Laws of Exponents Bundle
For related resources, try:
Graphing the Derivative of a Function: Inquiry Activity
Slope & Linear Equations: "Choose Your Own Journey" Book