Laws of exponents

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SWBAT prove and apply properties of integer exponents.

Big Idea

Use logical reasoning to prove the properties of integer exponents. These rules are not made up - they make mathematical sense!


10 minutes

Before asking students to complete today's Warm-Up, I want to do something a little bit silly to help students accomplish the change in mindset that I want them to undertake as we begin to talk about exponents. I provide an overview of my plan for launching class in this video narrative

Here is the ice-breaker that I show in the video narrative:

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10 minutes

In this lesson, I like to review the silver problem (see 6 - 1 huddle image).  Not only do I ask for the correct answers, I ask students to say what was most likely to be popular wrong answers.  By doing this, I try to highlight key misconceptions so students deepen their understanding.


The silver and gold problems are from Holt Algebra I.


15 minutes

Homework 6 - 1 HW79 Laws of exponents is to be completed at home and should take students approximately 15 minutes.