Distributing and Factoring Using Area

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Connect the distributive property to an area model. A conceptually based activity gives learners a concrete model to represent the distributive property. Scholars draw expressions as rectangles that demonstrate the distributive property of multiplication.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use manipulatives such as algebra cubes to create the area models
  • Reverse the model to introduce factoring
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a strong understanding of area models

  • Provides a concrete reference for an abstract concept
  • Includes questioning strategies for before, during, and after the lesson

  • None
Common Core