This activity makes the distributive property relevant to students by using fast food as an example. Students are given a menu and are asked to use the distributive property to double-check everything that should be in their orders. An example is given to help them.
Students are also given 3 focus questions to answer:
1. Explain how you used the distributive property to double-check what should have been in each bag.
2. Was the distributive property an efficient way to check what was ordered? Why or why not?
3. In addition to fast-food restaurants, what are some other situations in which the distributive property would be useful?
An answer key is included but does not include the focus questions, as student answers will vary.