This lesson is meant to be used as guided notes for a whole class.
Students begin by investigating what it means to raise a monomial to an exponent. From this, they discover a rule: We can multiply their exponents! After solving some problems, they explore what can go wrong when working with negative bases if we are not careful. Next, they take it a step farther by working with monomials and their coefficients, or "power of a product." The final part of the lesson assumes they have learned about negative exponents already. Students are shown that terms with negative exponents can go "under" other terms of a monomial. Using what they have learned, students do some examples that involve powers of monomials, coefficients, and negative exponents.
The last 2 pages are a copy of the key.