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.

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## #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!

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## #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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