Estimating Length Using Scientific Notation

This Estimating Length Using Scientific Notation lesson plan also includes:

Would you rather have a million dollars or 1 x 10^6 dollars? To find the answer to this question, class members first complete an assessment task converting numbers between decimal notation and scientific notation. They then take part in a card matching activity where they match decimal notation and scientific notation with a real-world object, matching the measurements given to create a poster.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource to introduce scientific notation 
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to be able to work in scientific notation with both positive and negative exponents
  • Assumes pupils know how to compare numbers in scientific notation
Pros

  • Resource has suggestions for an optional extension activity
  • Well-drawn diagrams help scholars visualize the concept
  • Resource includes the definition of scientific notation
Cons

  • None