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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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