Algebraic Expressions—The Distributive Property

Do your classes truly understand the distributive property? Use a demonstrative lesson to represent the distributive property in various ways. Learners solidify understanding by creating a geometric pattern for distributive property, and using it to represent repeated addition.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Make connections between the geometric and algebraic model of the distributive property
  • Use to review the distributive property before introducing factoring
Classroom Considerations

  • Background knowledge of the distributive property is required
  • Learners that struggle with number sense may require guidance through the examples and activities

  • Well-designed lesson including introductory and conclusion activities
  • All handouts and keys are included

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