Integer Exponents

Fold, fold, and fold some more. In the first installment of a 35-part module, young mathematicians fold a piece of paper in half until it can not be folded any more. They use the results of this activity to develop functions for the area and thickness of the paper in terms of the number of folds.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Challenge pupils to perform the folding activity with different types of material
Classroom Considerations

  • Internet access is necessary to view videos
  • The class should already have experience with exponential functions
Pros

  • Includes links to videos on paper folding
  • Teacher resource has scaffolding tips for struggling learners
Cons

  • None