Introduction to Exponents

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Introduce your students to exponents using this lesson.  The lesson defines relevant vocabulary like exponent, base, squared and cubed.  Scientific notation is also introduced and practiced using the included activity sheets.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons about multiplication or decimals.

Introduction to Exponents Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Exponents
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice with Exponents
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce your students to exponents using this lesson.  The lesson defines relevant vocabulary like exponent, base, squared and cubed.  Scientific notation is also introduced and practiced using the included activity sheets.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons about multiplication or decimals.

Sample classroom Procedures: 

  1. Begin by explaining to students that just like repeated addition can be made easier with multiplication, repeated multiplication can be made easier with exponents.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of exponent problems in order to help them practice the new algorithm.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on exponents. Have students practice problems with and without negative bases.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice examples together as a class.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Hang cards around the room and have students work individually.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students share their stories or songs with the class.
  8. In closing, ask students to explain what an exponent represents mathematically.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

None for Grade 5

CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.A.1

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

Additional Resources:

Many more teaching resources to Download!  Want more math resources? Check out our other Math Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math