Algebra is starting exponents. Yet again, I pulled an opening activity from Dan. This time it came from a video.

Here is a quick rundown

**Ask students to break 25 down into as many pieces as they want.****Multiply those pieces.****Talk to a neighbor, compare.****Who has the largest?**

This took a good 15-20 minutes till students were satisfied and convinced their number was the largest. Almost every period settled on a different number. I am not going to push them to reach one magical number.

It got tiring and time consuming to write * 2(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)(1) *into the calculator and on papers so eventually the idea of 2¹²(1) came up instead writing all those 2s. This lead really well into talk about exponents.