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Exponent Game

Activity Overview

Students compare powers and decide whether to add or subtract values to a cumulative total so that the total stays as close to zero as possible.

Before the Activity

• Compute AB and BA (where A and B are two random numbers), and compare the results
• See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
• Print pages 89 - 93 from the attached Student PDF file for the class
• During the Activity

Distribute the pages to the class.

• Play an Exponent Game (for 2 players) where the Player A generates numbers using the spinner
• Player A uses the generated numbers to compute either AB or BA
• Player adds or subtracts one of the values to his/her cumulative total
• Player B adds the other value to his/her total
• Players reverse roles and continue the game
• Find the cumulative total for each player at the end of six rounds
• Fill in the Recording Forms for both players
• Winner of the game is the player whose cumulative total is closer to zero at the end of six rounds
• After the Activity

Students complete the Activity pages.

• Review student results
• As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
• Re-teach concepts as necessary