# Exponents Lesson Plan: Number and Operations

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic **Exponents**, and supports the standards of using whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10, and writing and evaluating numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

**Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE**

Display expressions involving numbers in base 10, like these:

10 x 10 = 100

10 x 10 x 10 = 1,000

10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000

10 x 1/10 = 1

10 x 1/100 = 0.1

10 x 1/1,000 = 0.01

Ask students:

*How does multiplication affect a number? How does division affect a number?**How are the numbers 10 and 0.1 related?**Do you notice any patterns in the numbers above? Explain.*

**Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE**

- Read the description on the
**Exponents topic page**. - Play the
**Movie**, pausing to check for understanding. - Have students read one of the
**Related Reading**articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

**Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS**

Students take the **Exponents Quiz**, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

**Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND**

Students express what they learned about exponents while practicing **essential literacy skills** with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

**Make-a-Movie**: Imagine you invest $2.00 in an account that doubles your money each week. Create a tutorial explaining how much money you would have after 10 weeks.**Make-a-Map**: Make a concept map identifying quantities that are best measured with either positive or negative exponents, such as the number of cells in your body or the diameter of a red blood cell.**Creative Coding****:**Code a math problem that uses exponents.

**More to Explore**

**Numbers and Operations Unit****: **Continue to build understanding around numbers and operations by exploring more BrainPOP math topics.** **

**Teacher Support Resources:**

**Pause Point Overview**: Video tutorial showing how Pause Points actively engage students to stop, think, and express ideas.**Learning Activities Modifications**: Strategies to meet ELL and other instructional and student needs.**Learning Activities Support**: Resources for best practices using BrainPOP