Multiplying by Powers of Ten5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: Math, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
Skills: Multiplication, Powers of Ten, Exponents,
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: blank paper (3 per student), pencils & crayons/colored pencils, one game piece per student (colored paper clips, erasers, or marker caps), and a document camera or whiteboard
Printable Resources: Required Printable Resources: “Exit Slips” (as an optional assessment component) (1 copy per student), “Powers of Ten Race” – game board (one for every four-six students), “Powers of Ten Race – answer card” (one per student or pair of students) Optional Printable Student Resources: “Multiplying by Powers of Ten” (1 copy per student)
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.