Problem trails (scavenger hunts) are great because they get students up and moving around the room. They also encourage students to check their work carefully since an incorrect answer will eventually send them back to a problem they have already solved. Successfully completing a problem trail requires students who tend to work too quickly to slow down a bit. This particular activity works best when students work individually.
Simply post the 20 problems around the classroom for students to solve. Assign each student to a starting point (any problem number). An answer outline and answer key are included.
Exponent rules included: positive and negative bases with positive exponents, multiplying and dividing powers, power of a power, power of a fraction, power of a product, and negative integer exponents.
Problem Trail Exponents
by Activities by Jill
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