In this culminating lesson, students use scientific notation as a tool for making comparisons. Students compare old hardware to new hardware using various digital media as a form of measurement. For example, students compare floppy drives to modern technology by measuring how many floppy drives it would take to store a high-definition film. Students must identify the essential features of the questions and reason qualitatively and abstractly in order to answer them in context (MP4, MP2).
- Use scientific notation to compare quantities in context, and describe (orally) how using scientific notation helps with making comparisons between very large and very small quantities.
Let’s compare digital media and computer hardware using scientific notation.
Print the Old Hardware, New Hardware blackline master. Prepare 1 copy for every 2 students.
- I can use scientific notation to compare different amounts and answer questions about real-world situations.