In this hands-on activity, students learn exactly what an exponent is and how parentheses or a negative sign relate to the exponent. This is a great way to clear up misconceptions about exponents before teaching Order of Operations, PEMDAS, or Laws of Exponents.
Also included is an Interactive Notebook Activity where students can embellish a notes sheet outlining how parentheses and a negative sign relate to an exponent and complete four matching problems. They can then complete the exponent dominoes activity with mini-dominoes sized for their notebook.
This activity promotes active engagement and mathematical discussions as students work together to match their problems and answers and solve the puzzle. If they solve the problem correctly, they find the answer piece and continue working, but if they don’t, they must help to correct the mistake before they can move on. Students will create problem solving techniques as they work through this activity. They may find a mistake when the first domino does not connect to the last one, creating excellent opportunities for mathematical dialogue. This activity is great for math centers, stations and rotations or whole group instruction.