In preparation for today's exponent review game, students simplify five exponent expressions by applying the rules they have learned during Warm Up. I am especially interested in seeing the student responses to number four (p^5/p^5). Many student write p^0 in their journals, so I ask them if that can be simplified any further. I want them to connect the problem to the identity property of division so I ask them what property could be applied to this problem.
Once the timer sounds, we quickly come to consensus as a class about the answers before moving to today's review game: Hoops.
I created this game from a template borrowed from Smart Exchange. The template allows you to add problems that are activated when a student drags and drops a basketball onto the game's court. Each problem requires one of five exponent rules to be applied in order to simplify the expression or equation.
To play, I separate the class into two teams. I draw a name stick at random to see which team goes first. That student comes to the board and spins the spinner to determine how many points the problem they will solve will be worth. She then selects a basketball and drags it onto the court, which activates a question. That student's team must determine the answer. If correct, the team earns the point. If not, it is the other team's turn.
Teacher Notes for the game appear on page five of the notebook.
To check for student understanding, I created five different practice problems. On 25 index cards, I randomly write one of the problems (similar to ones used on Warm Up). At the end of class, I let student "pick a card" to demonstrate his/her understanding by simplifying the expression on his/her card. I collect the cards as the students leave.