Instructional Activity# Picture a Power of 10

Lesson 2. Unit 7. Grade 8 Open Up Resources

Open Up Resources15 min(s)

This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 2, Unit 7, Grade 8. The purpose of this activity is for students to develop a sense of visual scale between powers of 10. Students should understand that multiplying by 10 corresponds to increasing the exponent by 1. Even though the notation for 10^{100} does not appear to be much different than 10^{98}, it is 100 times larger. Small changes in the exponent can result in large changes in the value of the expression.