Properties of Multiplication: Distributive

Updated on Aug 17, 2010
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Let's get distributing! According to the distributive property of multiplication, you can multiply by a sum by first multiplying each addend and then adding the products. For example: 4(5 + 1) = 4(5) + 4(1). Especially useful in algebra, this is a key math concept for kids to understand. This worksheet helps kids wrap their heads around this tricky concept by challenging them to fill in the blanks in the equations according to the distributive property.

See the rest of this series to learn the other 3 properties of multiplication: associative, commutative, and identity.