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# Khan Academy on Evaluating Logarithms (Part 2)

Lesson 11 of 15

## Objective: SWBAT to decipher basic logarithms and gain a deeper understanding of exponents

## Big Idea: To understand exponents, we cask ask students to look at the inverse operation of the logarithm

*60 minutes*

#### Assessment Overview

*10 min*

This assessment can be done at home or in class, but from an 8th grade perspective I treat this modules as a Challenge Lesson. We tend to avoid logarithms in middle school and as teachers might have forgotten how to work with them (I know I did). But coming back and learning them as a teacher will add amazing depth to your understanding and teaching of exponents. It is important to complete yesterday's lesson before starting today's.

In general, challenge modules are great opportunities for *all* students. Some students will take on the challenge at hand and others will use the same time to catch up on past content that they found challenging. I always have something set up for all students to work on. I base it on the weekly feedback I get from students and prepare tasks and suggestions based on the standard based grading system. In other words, students and I are very aware of their current struggles and we use that information to help them pick an appropriate task.

I have students start with the intro video and circulate to see how they are doing with the laws of exponents.

**Here is my video for the Evaluating Logarithms 2 module:**

**Source URL**: http://youtu.be/Ct6SXqS2GyI

These logarithmic modules are challenging because they heavy on notation. The word logarithm in itself scares most students. Here we are getting them some brief exposure to the concept. If nothing else, they will be easier to process the logarithmic content in high school. There are only 3 modules dealing with logarithms on Khan academy (although that is sure to expand). But students enjoy trying this new material (in many cases they have never even heard of a logarithm).

This module is tougher because students already need to be familiar with negative and fraction exponents (only the students who took on the earlier challenge are there). It might still be manageable for everyone, because it simply asks them to translate the form of the number. I let students decide if they will take on the challenge, but let them know that we are assuming some prior knowledge.

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#### The Assessment

*40 min*

The key to today's work is to make sure students continue to think that the world of logarithms is based on the world of exponents. To simplify the process of accessing KA, I have my students log in to Khan Academy and then open a second tab and go straight to this link:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/logarithms-tutorial/logarithm_basics/e/logarithms_1.5

They could also go to the exercise dashboard and type in "evaluating logarithms."

http://www.khanacademy.org/exercisedashboard

**The guidelines are as follows:**

- Finish the module until you reach "mastery." We encourage you at least 10 problems in a row.
- As you work, write the questions and answers in your notebook.
- When you are finished, annotate your notes and explain some general observations you made as you worked. Identify the laws you used to solve each problem.
- Create solve and explain a challenge problem that would fit nicely in each module.
- Write several numbers in exponential and logarithmic form. Explain how they are talking about the same numbers but from different perspectives.

I usually ask for part 5 in email and ask for *very* detailed explanations.

As with any challenge, it is optional. So if students want to pass on the logarithms, they can take on valuable review of topics from class. I like to print out worksheets from Kuta Software on the laws of exponents: http://www.kutasoftware.com/free.html

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#### Assessment Review

*10 min*

I finish this assessment by reviewing questions with the class. I log into Khan Academy and project for the whole class to see. I popcorn around the room and ask students to solve and explain. For each question I get at least 2 algorithms, since students love to hear other strategies. I have noticed that many students use one strategy throughout all the problems and are usually so tired of it by the end that they *crave* a more efficient strategy. I wait until the end to share all strategies because I believe that process of struggling helps them process the importance of a more efficient strategy. If we just shared at the start, I think many students would blindly plug in the more efficient strategy without understanding why or how it is efficient.

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- UNIT 3: Scale of the Universe: Fluency and Applications
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- UNIT 7: A Year in Review
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- UNIT 9: Sets, Subsets and the Universe
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- LESSON 1: Chess and the Monsters
- LESSON 2: Homework and Exponents
- LESSON 3: Fluency Check In
- LESSON 4: Games with Paper
- LESSON 5: Khan Academy and Simplifying Radicals
- LESSON 6: Khan Challenge Adding and Subtracting Radicals
- LESSON 7: Khan Cube Roots
- LESSON 8: Strings of Exponents
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- LESSON 10: Khan Academy on Evaluating Logarithms
- LESSON 11: Khan Academy on Evaluating Logarithms (Part 2)
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