Education Technology

"Power"ful Patterns

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students investigate the relationship between multiplication with repeated factors and the use of exponents. Students will connect "powers of ten" to place value positions.

Before the Activity

  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print student activity sheet page 58 from the attached PDF file for your class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the page to the class.

    Follow the activity procedures:

  • Investigate a problem that requires multiplication of a repeated factor
  • Use the calculator to perform the repeated multiplication
  • Examine the use of the exponent key for multiplication of a repeated factor
  • Record the data of repeated multiplication and multiplication using the exponent key in a table
  • Compare the data and discuss the relationships between the two lists
  • Understand the use of exponents
  • After the Activity

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