Making Scientific Notation Fun in the Secondary Classroom

Scientific Notation is one of those things I don't at all remember learning. I mean, it must have happened somewhere along the line, but where that was is a complete mystery. Maybe it was during those foggy junior high years. So last last year when a teacher emailed to ask for sets of scientific notation pennants, I took a deep breath said yes. It's fun [re]learning things. 

Adding Scientific Notation pennant
(from a set of adding scientific notation pennants)

Super teacher Ms. Doty sent me this photo of her students' converting scientific notation pennants. I love this photo because of how much care she and her students took to make such an awesome display.

Converting Scientific Notation Pennant activity

A couple months ago another teacher asked if I could make a few extra pennants for dividing scientific notation that were a little easier. I made a set of 10 pennants that her struggling learners could do and feel successful. 

They're labeled #31 through #40 and can be used as a supplement to the set of 30 dividing scientific notation pennants that are in my TpT store.  You can download the free set of 10 supplemental pennants here.

I asked some friends if they have any resources that make learning and practicing Scientific Notation fun. Tyra from Algebra and Beyond highly recommends these Scientific Notation Stations from Free To Discover. There are 6 stations that give practice on all sorts of Scientific Notation problems.

Scientific Notation Stations from Free to Discover

Kara from Learning Made Radical has this fun, fall-themed coloring activity that covers multiplying and dividing in Scientific Notation

Multiplying and Dividing Scientific Notation Problem Color By Number Activity from Learning Made Radical

and a Scientific Notation foldable to help kids remember what to do with that pesky decimal. 

Scientific Notation to Standard Form and Vice Versa Interactive Notes Activity from Learning Made Radical

Mandy from Math Dyal makes awesome puzzles that get kids engaged in their learning and her Scientific Notation puzzle does just that: 

Scientific Notation Tarsia Puzzle from Math Dyal

And here are some other resources for teaching and practicing Scientific Notation:

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! I love your bundle with 120 pennants so teachers and students can mix and match operations!