This is a 42 page Smartboard lesson on exponents. The lesson starts with the explanation of the base and the power. Next the process is explained. From there it goes to the explanation of -2 squared compared to (-2) squared. There is practice on simplifying both of those types first. Next the student has to write expressions using exponents. This leads to solving orders of operations involving exponents. Students should get a thorough understanding of exponents by the end of this lesson! Also included is a visual explanation of why exponents are called squared and cubed. As always all practice pages include answers.