Teaching the Distributive Property of Multiplication can be quite tricky. Students oftentimes do not understand the necessity of it. However, the distributive property makes solving those larger, tougher equations much easier because students are able to break them down into “friendly numbers.” It helps a lot when facts aren’t memorized and it carries into higher grades because students can continue using the same strategy when they get to harder multiplication problems. So this product is geared towards helping students understand how to use the distributive property and why it’s important. And best of all, it’s fun!
♦ 3 Whole Group Interactive Lessons
♦ Student Practice Pages
♦ Distributive Property Game (for reinforcement)
♦ Lesson One: Separating Arrays into the Distributive Property
Students are given a distributive property equation and asked to “cut” an array into parts that represent the distributive property to help find the product.
♦ Lesson Two: Identifying the Distributive Property
Students are given an array that is already split into the distributive property. They are to write an equation that represents the picture and find the product.
♦ Lesson Three: Applying the Distributive Property to “Tricky” Equations
Students are given an equation. They are then asked to split the equation into a distributive property equation and draw a picture to find the product. (Whole group less pgs. 21-26)
♦ Game: Pick Me Up
Students match the distributive property to the product. Fun addition: Use trash picker-uppers to make the game more engaging!
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