Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Exponents Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you know about exponents and how are they used?
  • What do you think is the difference between a positive and negative exponent?


During (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the Exponents movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

  • Timecode 2:28 : How does using exponents make repeated multiplication equations easier to write and understand?
  • Timecode 4:40: How do you recognize “reciprocal” exponents?
  • Timecode 5:22: Why would the number 5, raised to the 0 power, equal 1 instead of 5?



  • Where might you encounter exponents in real-life situations? What types of professionals might use exponents in their work?

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments