# Multiplying and Dividing Exponents Lesson Plan: Expressions and Equations

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic **Multiplying and Dividing Exponents**, and supports the standard of performing operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

**Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE**

Display this still from the movie (timestamp: 0:49):

Ask students:

*How else could you express each factor in this multiplication sentence?**How might you solve this problem?*

**Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE**

- Read the description on the
**Multiplying and Dividing Exponents topic page**. - Play the
**Movie**, pausing to check for understanding. - Assign
**Related Reading.**Have students read one of the following articles:“Plus/Minus” or “Did You Know?” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

**Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS **

Assign the **Multiplying and Dividing Exponents Quiz**, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

**Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND**

Students express what they learned about multiplying and dividing 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**: Produce a news report about an earthquake that registers 7 on the Richter scale. In your news report, answer this question:*How many times more powerful was this earthquake than a previous one that measured 3 on the Richter scale?***Make-a-Map**: Create a concept map that sequences the steps to solve (8^3) x (8^6).**Creative Coding**: Code a math problem involving multiplying or dividing exponents. Challenge a classmate to solve.

**More to Explore**

**Related BrainPOP Topics**: Deepen understanding of expressions and equations with these topics: **Polynomials**, **Exponents**, and **Standard and Scientific Notation**.

**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.