Some resources for standard form:

I have been interested in Astronomy since discovering Patrick Moore’s books in the library as a child so enjoyed Richard Byrne’s post on **resources to help students understand the size of the universe, **I particularly like **100,000 Stars**, a visualization of the 100,000 stars closest to Earth. All those lovely big numbers in Astronomy are excellent for teaching Standard Form; I wrote some time ago on the excellent **mathematics resources available from NASA**, see **this on Scientific notation **for example.

Staying with Astronomy, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich has some **outstanding resources on TES**, including **Scales of the Universe** (KS4 – age 14-16)

From the excellent Standards Unit, **N4 on Estimating Length Using Standard Form **works very well as a class activity. (**You can find all the Standards Unit Resources here**).

From Nrich, **two activities on Standard Form**.

**Teachit Maths** though a subscription site offers its **entire collection of activities** as pdfs for free. I have found many high quality resources here for all ages. – try these on **Standard Form.**

From TES Resources – an extensive collection of (free) **Standard Form Resources**, note the 5 star reviews for many resources.

For the start or end of a lesson (or any time!), you could try some **Diagnostic questions on Standard Form. **I created a **Standard Form Quiz** from these questions.

diagnosticquestions.com

(See **these posts** for more information on the excellent Diagnostic Questions site).

A site with plenty of big numbers is **Is That A BIG NUMBER?**

**(**Post on** Is That A BIG NUMBER)**

Students could be shown how to check their work on WolframAlpha

and finally some more great links including some rather good animations:

**Scale of the universe. **

**Magnifying the Universe**

**Secret Worlds: The Universe Within**

**breathingearth.net**

You can find lots of data with very large numbers using **Gapminder**

Staying with world statistics, you could try Jonny Griffiths’ **World-wide Statistics task **from his **Making Statistics Vital. **You could use the figures from his spreadsheet – write the numbers in Standard Form and explore some real world Statistics at the same time.

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A nice post about Standard Form!

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Thanks Colleeen for an (as always) inspiring post!

I also love this simulation page about the worlds CO2 Emmission which has other interesting population data, fantastic for Stanadard Form … and a nice cross-curricular link to Science: http://www.breathingearth.net/.

N4 from the Standard Unit Box is also a nice resource which gets groups of students discussing Standard Form.

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Thank you Anja; you are right that is a good source of data; I also agree re N4 from the Standard Unit Resources – in fact I will update the post.

You have reminded me of some other sources – I’ll add those too!

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