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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Scientific notation is writing a number as the product of a number
(greater than or equal to 1 and less than 10) and a power of ten.
We use scientific notation because numbers can be hard to work with
when they have so many zeros. Scientists use scientific notation as a
simpler way to write these numbers.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Have students estimate how long they think it would take to write 35 million numerically (35,000,000).
Write down estimation.
Have each student (or one student) write out 35,000,000. Time to see how long it takes.
Hatfield, M., Edwards, N., Bitter, G., & Morrow, J. (2000). Mathematics Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers. New York, NY. John Wiley & Sons Inc.
This resource includes the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics 2000, as well as the newest NAEP data and findings from the TIMSS. The book emphasizes considerations regarding cultural diversity and includes a CD-ROM with vignettes of real classroom situations to help the reader study teaching practices as they occur naturally in the classroom.
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