Distributive Property of Multiplication CENTER

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  1. Use this math bundle to teach, reinforce and practice the Distributive Property of Multiplication. The animated and interactive PowerPoint explicitly explains this property. Then use the center and game for follow-up and review.This important multiplication property is introduced in the Common Core
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Do your students need engaging practice with the Distributive Property of Multiplication?

In this math center, students will practice multiplication facts for factors 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 by applying the Distributive Property. Answer keys make this center self-correcting. The center can also be used for small group work or intervention.

Each center mat shows a visual of an array for the student to split (distribute) using the Distributive Property. Making math visual supports the students in their understanding of the math and how it works.

This essential multiplication property is introduced in third grade. It is one of several multiplication properties used to make problems easier. The Distributive Property breaks down more complex math problems by distributing factors. Every grade level will build upon this math concept that becomes necessary in Algebra.


  • First, the student must look at the large array and see where the Ninja is splitting it.
  • Then the student uses the multiplication sentence cards to describe each of the 2 smaller arrays.
  • Next, the student finds the distributive property sentence that adds the 2 arrays.
  • All work is recorded on a recording sheet.
  • Answer keys are used to check
  • Once the student has completed all 5 sets, there is a Writing Reflection sheet to fill out to assess the understanding of the Distributive Property of Multiplication.


  • 20 color mats
  • multiplication sentences and distributive property sentences
  • center instructions for students
  • answer keys
  • recording sheet
  • writing reflection sheet
  • center labels
  • Distributive Property of Multiplication Poster
  • Bonus section with 10 Word Problems at DOK 2 and 3
  • Grayscale versions of the 20 mats and all supporting materials


  • This bonus section is a set of 10-word problems at DOK levels 2 and 3.
  • Each problem is on one sheet, so it can be put into a sheet protector and used in a center.
  • Other uses include formative assessment, independent work, or group or partner work.
  • Each problem requires or encourages the use of the Distributive Property of Multiplication.


  • print
  • laminate
  • cut
  • store
  • use!


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Michelle G. says, "Great and fun way to practice distributive property!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Buzz in 44. says, "My kids loved being distributive ninjas! Great for engaging even the reluctant kiddos!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Karen P. says, "Great for center work!"

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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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