Lesson Plan

Distribute to Multiply

Introduce your students to the Distributive Property of Multiplication with this lesson that allows them to learn with their peers and then get some individual practice in.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to solve multiplication problems using the Distributive Property of Multiplication.


(15 minutes)
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  • Invite your students to come to the class meeting area and bring their math journals and a pencil.
  • Tell them to place their supplies on the floor next to them.
  • Tell the students that today they're going to learn a strategy for solving 1 X 1, 1 X 2, and 2 X 2 multiplication problems. Write the word “Distribute” on the board.
  • Let the students know that to distribute means to divide and dispense in portions.
  • On the board write the following words next to the term "Distribute," “Distributive Property of Multiplication."
  • Tell them that the Distributive Property of Multiplication works as follows, while writing the following on the board: "If a × (b + c) = a × b + a × c, then × distributes over +."