Distributive Doctor {distributive property of multiplication} DISTANCE LEARNING

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  1. Help your students understand how to apply the DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY OF MULTIPLICATION with these 44 MATH TASK CARDS and more than 60-page MATH UNIT. This resource is perfect for students who are struggling to understand and apply the DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY. It begins with concrete (manipulatives) ac
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Help your students understand how to apply the DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY OF MULTIPLICATION. This resource is perfect for students who are struggling to understand and remember the DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY. It begins with concrete (manipulatives) activities, progresses to the representational stage (drawing pictures of the manipulatives previously used), and ends with the abstract (using only numbers and mathematical symbols).

With Dr. D, the distributive doctor, students will pretend they are surgeons “breaking apart” arrays. They will begin to “see” the distributive property of multiplication and why 3x6 is equal to (3x2)+(3x4) or equal to 3 x (2+4). Use this math unit to teach/practice the fundamental skill or prep for test day!



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>> How can I use this resource for distance learning? <<

« If you have students who do NOT have devices or cannot complete work online, simply print the resource and put together a packet for parents to pick up at school. 

« For students that DO have digital devices, a digital version of this activity has been added. You can use this resource with Google Drive, Google Classroom™, Microsoft OneDrive™, Microsoft Teams™or a learning management system.



* teacher directions page explaining how to best use this unit

* 2 activities working at the CONCRETE LEVEL with manipulatives

* 14 pages working at the REPRESENTATIONAL LEVEL

* 2 pages of practice sheets at the ABSTRACT LEVEL

* hands-on project where students will practice breaking apart arrays (representational level activity) and recording equations demonstrating the distributive property.

* 7 blank work mats which are great for differentiation and further practice

* 5 pages of assessments

* answer keys


Once printed this unit is great for:

*differentiated practice

*guided or independent practice

*intervention for struggling students

*math groups/partner & small group work/ math centers

*warm-up activities

*early finishers

*math test prep

*exit slips to assess skill mastery

*morning work/homework

*after-school programs & tutoring

*substitute lesson plans / sick days

*summer vacation / summer school

…just to name a few ideas!

This resource is ready-to-print and has been student tested + teacher-approved :)


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide. Examples: If 6 × 4 = 24 is known, then 4 × 6 = 24 is also known. (Commutative property of multiplication.) 3 × 5 × 2 can be found by 3 × 5 = 15, then 15 × 2 = 30, or by 5 × 2 = 10, then 3 × 10 = 30. (Associative property of multiplication.) Knowing that 8 × 5 = 40 and 8 × 2 = 16, one can find 8 × 7 as 8 × (5 + 2) = (8 × 5) + (8 × 2) = 40 + 16 = 56. (Distributive property.)


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