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Ever wondered how to teach Laws of Exponents: Multiply & Divide in an engaging way to your 8th grade students?

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the product and quotient rules in the properties of exponents and their real-life applications. Through artistic, interactive guided notes, a maze worksheet, and a doodle & color by number activity, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

The lesson culminates with a real-life example that explores how baking desserts requires adjusting recipes using the rules of exponents.

- Grade: 8th Grade
- Standard: CCSS 8.EE.A.1
- Type: Lesson Plans

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After this lesson, students will be able to:

Define and apply the laws of exponents, specifically product rule and quotient rule to simplify expressions

Use properties of exponents to multiply and divide exponential terms with the same base

Explain the real-life applications of the product rule and quotient rules

Before this lesson, students should be familiar with:

Basic algebraic concepts, including variables and expressions

Basic exponent rules, including the base and power

How to add and subtract integers

Pencils

Colored pencils or markers

Multiplying and Dividing Exponents Guided Notes Doodle & Color by Number Activity

Exponent

Base

Power

Product rule

Quotient rule

Properties of Exponents

Laws of Exponents

As a hook, ask students why adjusting recipes with exponents is important when baking desserts.

Use the guided notes to introduce the product and quotient rules in the properties of exponents. Walk through the key points of the topic of the guided notes including keeping the base the same and adding the powers when multiplying exponents, and keeping the base the same and subtracting the powers when dividing exponents.

Refer to the FAQ below for a walk through on this, as well as ideas on how to respond to common student questions. Have students walk through the “You Try!” section at the bottom of the pages. Call on students to talk through their answers, potentially on the whiteboard or projector. Based on student responses, reteach concepts that students need extra help with.

Have students practice the product and quotient rules using the maze worksheet. Walk around to answer student questions.

Fast finishers can dive into the doodle & color by number activity for extra practice. You can assign it as homework for the remainder of the class.

Bring the class back together, and introduce the concept of adjusting recipes for baking desserts using the rules of exponents. Explain how understanding the product and quotient rules can help in modifying recipes for different serving sizes or portions. You could also bring in examples of recipes that use exponents in their measurements, such as doubling or halving ingredients.

Refer to the FAQ for more ideas on how to teach this real-life application topic.

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A fun, no-prep way to practice the Laws of Exponents is Doodle & Color by Number — they're a fresh take on color by number or color by code. It includes multiple levels of practice, perfect for a review day or sub plan.

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The laws of exponents are a set of rules that describe how to simplify expressions involving exponential terms. There are several laws of exponents, including the product rule, quotient rule, negative exponent rules, zero exponent rule, and power of a power rule.

The product rule in exponents states that when multiplying exponential terms with the same base, you can add the exponents.

The quotient rule in exponents states that when dividing exponential terms with the same base, you can subtract the exponents.

Understanding the laws of exponents can be helpful in real life when dealing with measurements that involve exponents, such as adjusting recipes for baking desserts or calculating the interest on investments that accrue interest over time.

Before this lesson, students should be familiar with basic algebraic concepts, including variables and expressions, basic exponent rules, including the base and power, and how to add and subtract integers.

This lesson plan includes guided notes on the product and quotient rules in the properties of exponents, a maze worksheet for practice, a doodle and color by number activity for extra practice, and a real-life application that explores adjusting recipes for baking desserts using the rules of exponents.

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