This 21st century alternative to the traditional "skill and drill" activity will engage your students and get them out of their seats! It will help refresh or strengthen their understanding of the properties of exponents. It is eye-catching and print-ready. Laminate it for continued use from year to year!
What is the Goal of this activity?
To enhance student’s understanding of applying the properties of exponents through the use of repeated reasoning.
To what Common Core Standards is it aligned?
CCSS.Math.Content.8.EE.1: Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions. For example, 32 × 3–5 = 3–3 = 1/33 = 1/27.
What Pre-Skills do my students need to know?
Prior to doing this activity, students should have learned the properties of exponents, squares and cubes up to 10 at least, and how to reduce fractions.
What will they do in the activity?
Students will use problems posted around the room to simplify numerical and variable exponent expressions. They will then move to another card which has the answer on it and all the while create a fun phrase using a letter on each card. They are bound to be engaged, provide you with adequate time to work with students individually and break up the monotony of plain practice worksheets. Add a little stimulating music and you will be amazed at the engagement of your students! This activity is perfect for the end of unit review or mid-unit refresher.
Is it worth the money?
Absolutely! You will save yourself at least 8 hours creating, editing, correcting, and putting all of this together! The answers are included on each page of the activity for quick assessment!
See also my Trigonometry Walkabout for more engaging activities for your math class! More coming soon!
by Theresa J.Simmons
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