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Multiplying by Powers of Ten

5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This half day lesson plan is broken down into 2 separate segments (30-90 minutes each) addressing Numbers in Base Ten: multiplying by powers of ten (5.NBT.2). These lessons include: helpful student notes for reference, guided and independent practice of concepts, and a game to reinforce the concept of multiplying by powers of ten.

  • Segment 1: students will identify patterns in the zeros of a product when multiplying by a power of ten and multiply whole numbers by powers of ten in standard form and by using exponents to denote powers of ten.
  • Segment 2: students will play the game, “Powers of Ten Race!” to practice multiplying whole numbers by powers of ten as exponents with a base of 10.

These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.