Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Teaching Scientific Notation {Grade 8}

 
One of my favorite topics to teach in eighth grade math {Pre-Algebra} was Exponents & Scientific Notation. Students have prior knowledge of numbers and how they can be big or small, but have little grasp of how BIG and small they can really get. Giving students options with hands-on activities and Math stations lets them explore the concepts and gather their own understandings of the Math.
 
I have listed here four activities to review and practice Exponents & Scientific Notation. I hope these help jump start your lesson planning into Exponents & Scientific Notation. The key to getting your students involved in the learning process is to include interactive, visual, engaging activities for them to actively participate in.
Interactive Math Notebook: Exponents & Scientific Notation
 
These interactive notebook activities are intended to help students understand and apply the properties of integer exponents, use numbers expressed in single digit form times an integer power of 10, and to perform operations with scientific notation and use appropriate measurements.

Included are:
-4 different Exponents & Scientific Notation activities to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Activities include: Vocabulary, Writing expressions using exponents, Writing numbers in scientific notation, and Simplifying expressions with exponents.
-Examples of Completed Interactive Math Notebook Activities are included
 
Math Stations: Exponents & Scientific Notation

This math station activity is intended to help students understand and apply the properties of integer exponents, use numbers expressed in single digit form times an integer power of 10, and to perform operations with scientific notation and use appropriate measurements.

Included are:
-6 different stations to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Stations include:
1. Vocabulary
2. Technology (Need classroom computers & internet access to ixl.com)
3. Practice of Exponents & Scientific Notation
4. Additional Practice of Exponents & Scientific Notation
5. Real World applications of Exponents & Scientific Notation
6. Word problems of Exponents & Scientific Notation
-Student Station Guide helps students record their answers
-ALL ANSWER KEYS included

Powers & Exponents
 
This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to apply properties of integer exponents, express numbers in the form of a single digit times an integer power, and express how many times as much one is than the other.

Included in this lesson are:
-one formative assessment (pre-test) task
-card sort activity with concept development of powers and exponents
-one extension activity for students to deepen their conception of expanded, standard, and exponential forms
-one summative assessment (post-test) task
-answer keys for all the assessments and activities
-how the lesson is tied to common core and mathematical practices
 
Back To School NO PREP Math Packet - 8th Grade
 
A Back To School Math NO PREP packet that will keep your eighth graders engaged on day 1 in your classroom! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with eighth-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Also included is a beginning of the year diagnostic test with seventh and eighth grade benchmarks addressed, back to school activities, and a Math portfolio starter pack. Use this packet at the beginning of 8th grade year for review activities during August & September!!
 
Have fun with Powers & Exponents! Find a creative approach and teach it. Now is the time to engage your students at the beginning of the year in Math and the rewards will be higher in the end!
 


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