Goal
Students understand the function of an exponent.

Objective
Students see the connection between exponents in their written form and in an observed form

Materials


Time

About one half hour to start the discussion of the basic themes. Students then self-pace their exploration of the online film, exponents chart and traditional textbook "homework" throughout the week.

Activities
Explain: Exponents are a key idea used in math and science to describe patterns of change between variables.

Students copy and continue exponents chart in their Observation and Reflection Journal

Students view, then discuss in pairs: Secret Worlds, The Universe Within

Students complete activities from the classroom math textbook chapter on exponents.
 

Closure
Reflect in journal: Define exponent.

Discuss: What do you know about exponents?
 

Assessment
In having each student complete problems from the textbook, the teacher will be able to monitor whether or not students are able to apply the vocabulary to the manipulation of symbols.

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