Students really struggle learning rational exponent rules. In this fun game-based activity, students work together to practice their skills. This game provides practice with negative exponents and fractional exponents.


• Game-based learning
• Reusable game board and player cards – just print cards for different topics
• Great for students who are ahead or for students who need extra help after school

Basic Gameplay of Rational Exponent Block

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  1. Place all the game cards on the gameboard.
  2. The goal is to claim four spaces in a row, column, or diagonal.
  3. Players always take turns.  To claim a spot on the board the player has to answer the question on the card (or simplify), and then checks the answer on the back. 
    1. If they are correct, they get to stake a claim on the space. Now it is the turn of the other (or next) player.
    2. If they are incorrect, their opponent (or next player) gets to claim the space. It is now the turn of the opponent (or next player).
  4. The goal is to place four player cards on the board in a row, column, or on a diagonal.

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Learning Objectives

• Simplify algebraic expressions using rational exponent rules (negative and fractional exponents).
• Discuss mistakes and help other students with exponent rules.

For a Block Game with easier exponent rules, take a look at Exponent Block Game.