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The Use of Exponents

This multimedia lesson plan introduces exponents and exponential form through a video segment followed by handouts and assessments. Students learn to write repeated multiplication using exponents and to evaluate expressions in exponential form. The short Quick Time video, a Cyberchase story, shows the Lily Pad Escape, in which lily pads double each time they are immersed in water, growing a bridge from only 1 lily pad to 128 lily pads. Classwork expands the story example to a general discussion of base and exponents.
Contributed by: - Publisher, Thirteen WNET - Author
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Basic Operations
Grade Level5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Lesson Plans

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • - Publisher, Thirteen WNET - Author
    • Publication Date2008
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2011 PBS & WGBH Educational Foundation
    • AccessFree access with registration
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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