# 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.

#### Learning Objectives

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

#### Introduction

(15 minutes)
• 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 +."