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Derivative Power Rule Bingo Activity

Give your calculus students practice applying the power rule for derivatives with this fun bingo activity featuring 40 unique printable bingo cards for free!

Who is this activity for?

I created this bingo activity for my AP Calculus AB students to practice applying the power rule when taking derivatives, but it should be able to be used by any teacher teaching any sort of calculus class.

Partially completed bingo card for calculus derivative power rule bingo game.

Students will need to be able to rewrite expressions involving fractions and radicals as negative and rational exponents in order to be able to apply the power rule to these expressions.

If your students need a review of negative and fractional exponents, I created a rational exponent tarsia puzzle to review this exact topic with my calculus classes.

rational exponents activity square matching tarsia puzzle.

Activity Materials

I know teachers are busy, so I tried to package everything together that teachers would need to use this activity in their classrooms in one convenient pdf file. You will be able to print a call sheet and 40 unique bingo cards.

Students playing calculus derivative power rule bingo.

Call Sheets

This activity includes two different versions of a call sheet for the bingo game. One version of the call sheet does not include any answers. This copy of the call sheet could actually be cut into small pieces and put under the document camera to project the problem to be solved for the entire class to see.

Calculus Power Rule for Derivatives Bingo Call Sheet without Solutions.
Power Rule for Derivatives Bingo Call Sheet with Solutions Listed.

The second version of the call sheet does include the solutions for teacher reference.

Bingo Call Sheets for Calculus Derivatives Power Rule Bingo

I highly suggest keeping track of which problems you have called to avoid accidentally asking students to solve the same problem twice. Trust me. I speak from teacherly experience.

Bingo Cards

The file for this power rule for derivatives activity features 40 unique bingo cards which makes this an easy print and go activity!

Calculus Derivative Bingo with Power Rule - 40 Unique Bingo Cards.

If you teach multiple periods of calculus per day, you could slide the bingo cards into dry erase pockets to make them reusable from class to class.

Want to create a bingo activity for another topic? I also offer blank bingo card templates to download.


dry erase pockets

I cannot imagine teaching math without my dry erase pockets! They instantly make any activity more engaging and save me countless hours at the copy machine since I can use the same class sets of copies year after year.

Here are my current go-to recommendations:

  • 8.5 x 11 Inch Dry Erase Pockets from Puroma
  • 11 x 17 Inch Dry Erase Pockets from C-Line Products
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers

I only teach one period of AP Calculus per day, so I just printed my bingo cards on regular copy paper and let students draw X’s on them.

Example Bingo Card for Calculus Derivative Power Rule.

Bingo Chips

Bingo chips are completely optional for this activity if you want to allow students to write directly on their bingo cards. But, I find that they do add a bit of fun and whimsy to an activity.

Bingo chips are one of my suggested supplies that all math teachers have in their classrooms.

Other Materials

My students love to use individual dry erase boards to work out the problems when we do activities like this Power Rule Bingo Game.

Table of students participating in Calculus Power Rule Bingo for Derivatives.