Lesson Plan 2: Bigger and Smaller - Exponent Rules
This lesson will teach students about several of the rules regarding exponents. It uses a situation from Alice in Wonderland in which Alice's height is doubled or reduced by half depending on what she consumes to introduce negative exponents and the rules for dividing powers.
Two 50-minute class periods
Rules of exponents
Students will be able to:
Understand, and develop a sensibility to, the magnitude of exponential growth.
Develop laws of exponents.
Define negative exponents.
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2000.