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Powers of 10 Song | 5th Grade Exponents Video

Learn all about powers of 10 and how to identify the base number and the exponent, while mastering the meaning of "powers" in math. This video expands upon earlier learning standards that cover place value and the base-10 system.

And, by the way, if you really like the song, feel free to watch the video 10¹ times in a row, but please also be aware that doctors advise not watching this video 10² times in row. Side effects can include physically turning into an actual "number rock"; which is typically a granite, life-sized statue of one's favorite 1-digit number.

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Powers of 10 Song Lyrics:

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

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 -
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.

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For those of you that just love, love, LOVE math standards, you'll want to look deeper into math standard 5.NBT.2 here.

Go even deeper by looking into Powers of Ten at mathisfun.com where they expand upon the information presented in this video lesson with more information bout base 10

Now go on and get some ideas on how to plan your own amazing Powers of 10 lesson. We suggest perusing 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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