I created 12 problems in which the answer to one problem leads to the next problem. I put them on pink paper in honor of Valentine's Day this week! I also made a worksheet for them to be able to write down and simplfy the expressions as they worked through the activity.
I posted the 12 problems throughout my room and in the hallway:
I love this trapezoid problem!
I put them in groups of 2-3 and assigned them each a place to start. The entire activity took approximately 30 minutes and they all understood their exponent rules by the end. Victory! Here is a picture of one of my students' paper once she had finished:
I'll be covering negative exponents then reviewing all the rules next class with a Koosh Ball game. We decided to rename this unit "Exponent Extravaganza!" :)