Lesson Plan

Exponents Superpower Explorers

Help students define an exponent and understand their value. 6-8th grades
Tamara K.
Education Program Manager, Chicago Other
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...

• Define an exponent

• Learn how to multiply exponents

Check out Khan Academy's video if you need a teacher refresher or to see how they teach the lesson: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-sixth-grade-math/cc-6th-arithmetic-o...



Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

Make a movie showing distances related to school so that the concept is relevant to students. For example: The gym teacher telling students how many steps it is to the cafeteria. The science teacher saying how far it is to get to the moon. The librarian doing a demo with books as exponents. And have the principal define "Exponent" for students and give a fun example. Make it 2-3 min. in length

Consider using a polling app/website if students have devices they can use or a Google Form to have students make some estimates about distances in school. ex: it is Length of gym floor to the third, to get to from science class to the cafeteria.

Student Instructions

Watch the exponents iMovie the teacher made with school staff. Participate in a poll your teacher made making estimates.

2 Direct Instruction

Teacher should demonstrate to class the rule for the adding the exponents when you multiply. 

Student Instructions

Create a problem to solve and teach it to the class using a whiteboard app. 

3 Wrap-Up/Closure

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Have students make a rap song and dance defining exponents or find a related video on Flocabulary that is a exponent rap.

Student Instructions

Make a 2-3 minute video of a exponent rap or watch the flocabulary rap. Teach your rap song to the class.