# 8 Activities to Practice Scientific Notation

Are you looking for something a little more engaging to practice scientific notation this year? Below you will find 8 engaging activities for all parts of your unit on scientific notation. These resources are geared towards 8th grade, but would make a great addition to any pre-algebra classroom.

## #1. Estimating Large Numbers

Objective: Estimate large numbers as the product of a single digit number times a power of 10.

Activity: Estimation Nation Road Trip Challenge – Students will take a road trip around the USA. They will determine the path they must take by estimating the populations of several cities!

## #2. Estimating Small Numbers

Objective: Estimate small numbers as the product of a single digit number times a power of 10.

Activity (FREE!): Nature Activity – Students will estimate the measurements of various insects and elements found in nature with this visual activity!

## #3. Comparing Numbers

Objective: Compare very large and very small numbers

Activity: Walk-Around Activity – Students will freely walk around as an “object,” determining approximately how many times greater they are than other “objects” around the room (their classmates).

## #4. Scientific Notation

Objective: Write very small and very large numbers in scientific notation.

Activity: Scavenger Hunt Activity – Students practice scientific notation by solving a variety of questions posted around the room. Their answers will then lead them to the next problem!

Check out my curriculum guide for even more lessons and activities!

## #5. Multiplying and Dividing Expressions in Scientific Notation

Objective: Multiply and divide expressions written in scientific notation

Activity: Partner Match Activity – Partner matches are a favorite for both students and teachers. Students work with a partner to complete DIFFERENT problems that have the SAME answers in this self-checking activity!

## #6. Adding and Subtracting Expressions in Scientific Notation

Objective: Add and subtract expressions written in scientific notation

Activity: Riddle Activity – Students must solve problems to help them answer the question “Why do plants hate math?”

## #7. Solving Real-World Problems Using Scientific Notation

Objective: Solve real-life problems using scientific notation

Activity: Poster Presentation Activity – Students will solve real-world problems and then create a detailed poster to present their findings!

## #8. Scientific Notation Generated with a Calculator

Objective: Solve and interpret expressions in scientific notation using a calculator

Activity: Color-by-Number – Students solve expressions in scientific notation using their calculator and then use the answers to color in an owl!

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## Other Resources

1. Check out my curriculum guide to view:

• free video lessons
• guided notes to follow the video