I love activities that get my students up, moving around, and working together while practicing the material. This "Mix and Freeze" is a great short activity to help students practice multiplying with exponents. This activity includes 24 cards (one card per students) and a student recording sheet. If you have a class of more than 24 students, you can make two copies where some students will have the same card (which works perfect).
Mix and Freeze Directions:
Give each student an answer sheet and 1 exponential expression card. Tell the students to get up and start moving around the room. I play music and tell them that when the music stops, to find the partner closest to them. Once students pair up, they each fill out their paper with the expression on their card and the one on their partner’s card. They then each multiply the two expressions together and write the product in the third box. Each students compares answers and discusses if they do not match. STUDENTS TRADE CARDS (This is important because you don’t want them to use the same expression every time!). The music starts again and the students start moving again to find a new partner. Repeat up to 6 more times!