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# Powers of 10

Learn all about powers of 10 and how to identify the base number, exponent, and the meaning of "powers" in math.

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**Powers of 10 Song Lyrics:**

Chorus

To find the power of ten

Look at the exponent

Take your pencil and then

and write that many zeros, let’s do it again

To find a power of ten

Look at the exponent

Take your pencil and then

Multiply that many tens

Verse 1

The base number is 10

2 is the exponent

10 to the second means 10 x 10

This power of ten is 100

Again the base number is 10

but now 3 is the exponent

it equals 10 x 10 x 10

The third power ten is 1000

Verse 2

The base number is 10

4 is the exponent

it's 10 x 10 x 10 x 10

The fourth power is 10,000

Again the base number is 10

5 is the exponent

write five tens and multiply them

and you’ll get 100,000

Bridge

With a power of ten we can multiply or divide

Dividing slides left, multiplying slides right

The powers the number of places…

Slide the point that number of spaces

One hundred five and nine thousandths

Times ten to the third, the three represents

The decimal point sliding right three times,

The products one hundred five thousand, nine.

Now let’s divide by ten to the third

Slide three places left, or in other words

This number is now one thousand times less -

POWERS OF TEN ARE THE BEST

Using powers of ten is the norm

When writing numbers in expanded form

Split the values apart bit by bit

To see the value of every digit.

**Learn More**

This song targets TEKS and Common Core learning standards for 5th grade. Look into the relevant standards here, or dig deeper into Powers of Ten here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust Powers of 10 lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standard 5.NBT.2. This page helps break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor, and offers a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.

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