How can I teach exponents in a contextual way to 8th graders?
This is my first year teaching 8th grade and we’re currently working on exponents and all the general rules. My classroom focuses on projects, collaboration, and group work. Exponents have been difficult for me to teach in a way my students learn best. As a result, we've turned to the unexciting method of note taking and practice exercises. I've been searching for ideas on how we can learn about exponents in a contextual way that exemplifies their importance, prominence, and beauty. I've come across numerous activities, but all seem to require some topics that my students may be unfamiliar with. This may be decay, binary computation, or scientific formulas. We're getting ready to move into scientific notation and I feel we're not ready to proceed, so I'd like to get some ideas of fun ways to learn about exponents that does not revolve around note taking and practice exercises, and demonstrates the application of exponents. Any suggestions are welcome!
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