Exponents: Snapshot Math to Talk About includes 25 questions designed to be snapshots of learning, reviewing, or recycling of skills that promote math discourse. Snapshot Math to Talk About can be used to complement your curriculum after initial instruction has taken place.
The snapshots vary in difficulty and skill level to promote conceptual learning and deeper thinking. Some snapshots focus on vocabulary, others focus on students creating problems to solve, while still others focus on explaining the mathematical understandings related to the skill/concept. Some snapshots are open-ended and have more than one right answer. Collaboration is encouraged through some of the snapshots where students are asked to work with and talk with another classmate. Snapshot Math can be used as a math warm up at the start of class, as a review after the day’s lesson, as a part of small group instruction, as an independent task, or as a formative assessment.
Different snapshots can be used to provide for differentiation. Modeling using a think aloud and scaffolding can support different readiness levels when using Snapshot Math. Snapshot Math provides short bursts of math that encourages deeper thinking and fosters math talk.
Keep Snapshot Math short and collaborative where students do the talking. Use Snapshot Math to monitor student understanding. Pick and choose the snapshots that will work best with your students and your learning goals. Have students create a snapshot to go along with a current unit of study using the blank template.
Skills referenced in Snapshot Math to Talk About ~ Exponents:
-basics of exponents
-terms: power, base, exponent
-powers of 10
-expanded form with exponents
-exponential, expanded/factor, word, standard forms
-exponent of 0
-base (whole number, fraction)
-squaring vs. doubling
-cubing vs. tripling
-square units/cubic units
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