-- a complete, free lesson on exponents --(with a collection of all the resources you need)
Grade Level: 5/6
Skills: understanding & simplifying a basic exponential expression (b^n)
Materials: colored pencils, calculator, 1 computer with youtube access, Exponents "Doodle Note" sheet, Exponents worksheet, Exponent card sets, and "Understanding the Power of Exponents" half sheet (all free downloads)
Time: 60 min
1. Start with the basics - vocabulary and concept. Distribute the Exponents "Doodle Notes" worksheet. Remind students that when they first learned multiplication, it was represented as repeated addition. Now, the concept of simplifying an exponent can be represented like repeatedly multiplying.
Guide the class to complete the note sheet, and allow time for students to embellish, complete the examples, color, and answer. (See the benefits of this format here.)
Emphasize the difference between the "base" and the "exponent" and discuss special situations, like powers of 1 and 0. Stop after 15 minutes, as students will have more time to work through the problems and color later (or they can finish for homework).
-- 15 min --
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2. Stations - Split your students into groups that will rotate through three learning stations. At each station, they will practice or investigate exponents further.
Some take longer than others, so it is a perfect time for them to continue the independent portions of the note sheet at any station that they finish early.
-- 10-15 min per station --
When students finish the task at a station, they can continue working on the "doodle note" sheets until it is time to move on.
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