During this classroom tested activity, students double and triple the area of rectangles and write mathematical expressions to calculate the area of the rectangles with and without exponents.
Doing this provides students with an informal understanding of "square" and "cubic" growth.
By the end of this three day activity students are able to make the explain what the base and exponent represent.
End of the activity assessment is included.
Ideal to introduce or reinforce the concept of powers.