Are you looking for fun and engaging activities for helping your kids understand scientific notation?
You can use the following activity ideas to differentiate your instruction and help your kids to gain a deeper conceptual understanding of this challenging topic:
1.) Scientific Notation Sort Cards via Amazing Mathematics
This hands-on sorting activity consists of 22 matching Scientific & Standard notation pairs. Students will cut out a mixture of 22 Scientific & Standard notation numbers, convert them to the other type of notation, and then glue them next to the corresponding number.
2.) Scientific Notation Puzzle via Math Dyal
Give this hands-on activity a try for a fun way to practice writing small and large numbers using scientific notation. Students will need to "attend to precision" because several of the problems have the same coefficient but different exponents - forcing students to really focus on the function of the exponent.
3.) Scientific Notation Explained in the Real-World!
(Video Lesson) via Mashup Math
This animated math video lesson is the perfect introduction to the concepts and procedures associated with scientific notation. The lesson includes several real-world examples of how to use scientific notation to express large numbers such as the population of the state of Arizona!
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4.) Foldable Wheel Graphic Organizer via Common Core Material
This foldable has two layers: example and steps. Students will be solving 4 problems on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers in scientific notation. This foldable is a great handheld study tool or can be glued into their interactive notebooks. In addition, students can personalize their foldables by coloring them. Your students will love this!
5.) Scientific Notation Maze via Amazing Mathematics
This maze consists of 11 numbers that students must convert from standard notation to scientific notation. This maze consists of "big" and "small" numbers that require a both positive and negative exponents. Not all boxes are used in the maze to prevent students from just figuring out the route.
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Note: Learning Standard: Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.
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By Anthony Persico
Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.