Introduction to the Distributive Property

Who needs parentheses, anyway? Understanding how to apply the distributive property—and how to get rid of parentheses—helps scholars conceptually understand why it is necessary. Guided practice problems help build confidence to create math pros.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign extra practice on a worksheet or online using Khan Academy
  • Spend more time on the area model, as it often confuses pupils
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the order of operations, multiplication, and variables
Pros

  • Provides subtitles for easier note taking
  • Demonstrates multiple ways to visualize, understand, and solve these problems
Cons

  • None