# Standard and Scientific Notation Lesson Plan: Expressions and Equations

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic **Standard and Scientific Notation**. It supports the standard of performing operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems that use both decimal and scientific notation. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

**Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE**

Ask students:

*What do you already know about exponents? How do they affect a number?**When might it be helpful to use an exponent in real life?*

**Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE**

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

**Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS **

Assign **Standard and Scientific Notation 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 standard and scientific notation 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 tutorial explaining the meaning of the exponent in scientific notation. Include example expressions.**Make-a-Map**: Create a concept map sequencing the steps to convert a number from standard to scientific notation.**Creative Coding**: Code a math problem involving scientific notation. Challenge a classmate to solve.

**More to Explore **

**Related BrainPOP Topics**: Deepen understanding of standard and scientific notation with these topics: **Exponents**, **Multiplying and Dividing Exponents**, and **Polynomials**.

**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.