Scientific Notation and Water Conservation - Environmental Math

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Mary Carr
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
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13 pages
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Scientific notation with very large and very small numbers is practiced while learning about water conservation in this environmental mini-lesson. Students will consider the ways in which they and their families use water, examine sources of water and its use around the world, and learn some practical ways to conserve this vital resource. The math component includes multiplication of large numbers and expressing the results in scientific notation, as well as the conversion of small numbers to scientific notation. Students practice writing numbers in both standard and scientific notation and in words. Complete answer keys are included.

The conservation lesson can be taught without the optional math problems.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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