Here's a fun, interactive resource for students to practice evaluating expressions with whole number exponents. This lesson is an excellent alternative to seatwork and can be used for pair, group, or independent practice.
On the PPT an expression slide is displayed. Students decide which operation should be performed first and solve that operation. With the advancement of the slides, students are provided feedback with the correct first operation and then the answer to that operation. Next, students decide and perform the operation that comes next, and the advancement of the slides will give the correct operation and the answer to that operation. The presentation continues this step-by-step procedure requiring students to decide and to perform the next operation with feedback provided for each step.
Students working together in collaboration provides a great opportunity to learn from one another. Here's one idea for use of the activity. Arrange the class into groups of three or four and give each group an erasable pad and marker. The group's leader writes the group's response on the pad. Then have all groups hold up their pads at the same time displaying their answers. Keep scores of each group and provide a type of reward for the group(s) with the highest score.
The resource can also be used in centers and for independent practice. There is a worksheet of the problems on the PPT and an additional worksheet with the answer key that can be used as homework, classwork, group work.
6.EE.1 Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents
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