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Multiplication and the Distributive Property**

Distributive Property of Multiplication

Exercise

Distributive Property of Multiplication

Help fourth graders solidify their knowledge of multiplication by teaching them the distributive property and how it can aid them in solving problems.

4th grade

Math

Exercise

Multiplication and the Distributive Property

Exercise

Multiplication and the Distributive Property

As students grow more comfortable with the order of operations, they’ll need this exercise to introduce them to working with one digit distributive properties.

3rd grade

Math

Exercise

Winter Multiplication Strategies

Workbook

Winter Multiplication Strategies

Mastering the multiplication tables is a big step for kids! Help your student nail down his times tables with this round-up of helpful strategies, cool shortcuts and practice pages.

3rd grade

Math

Workbook

Properties of Multiplication: Distributive

Worksheet

Properties of Multiplication: Distributive

Help your child wrap his head around the distributive property by challenging him to complete the equations in this worksheet according to this concept.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Multiplication and Division

Guided Lesson

Multiplication and Division

There are many strategies that can be employed to multiply and divide larger numbers. Students will deepen their conceptual knowledge of multiplication and division, starting with visual models like arrays and diagrams.Then students will then move to more abstract calculation methods like partial products, the distributive property and standard algorithms.

4th grade

Math

Guided Lesson

Break it Up: Distributive Property 1

Worksheet

Break it Up: Distributive Property 1

The distributive property is a great tool to help with mental math and simplifying larger multiplication problems. Use this scaffolded resource with your students as an introduction to the distributive property.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Distributive Property Words Problems

Worksheet

Distributive Property Words Problems

Your students are on their way to mastering large number multiplication, so now it's time to step it up a notch! Challenge your students with this resource that requires them to solve multiplication word problems using the distributive property.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Multiplication 2

Guided Lesson

Multiplication 2

This guided lesson builds upon third graders' understanding of multiplication in order to further develop fluency with this operation. The lesson first reinforces the various strategies for doing multiplication (for example, repeated addition), then teaches kids to apply those strategies within practical exercises. Designed by our team of teachers and curriculum experts, the goal is to provide numerous ways to conceptualize multiplication problems.

3rd grade

Math

Guided Lesson

Break it Up: Distributive Property 2

Worksheet

Break it Up: Distributive Property 2

Support your students as they use the distributive property to help with mental math and simplifying larger multiplication problems. Use this resource with your young mathematicians as they gain proficiency with the distributive property.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Multiplication Strategy

Worksheet

Multiplication Strategy

Need a helpful strategy for multiplication? Try this "break down" strategy to split up the higher tables into more manageable equations.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Break it Up: Distributive Property 3

Worksheet

Break it Up: Distributive Property 3

Give your students practice using the distributive property with this math resource! This worksheet will help your students gain a stronger foundational understanding of multiplication and increase their confidence in solving problems with big numbers.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Distributive Property Drawings

Worksheet

Distributive Property Drawings

This great resource will help your students see the visual side of multiplication! With this exercise, your young mathematicians will draw area models and use the distributive property to solve tough multiplication problems.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Making 10

Worksheet

Making 10

Introduce your child to associative and commutative properties of multiplication and addition with this worksheet.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Hard Times Tables

Worksheet

Hard Times Tables

Work through the tougher times tables by using a simple strategy! Break down each equation into two smaller equations to help you out.

3rd grade

Math

Worksheet

Distributive Property

Lesson Plan

Distributive Property

Teach your students to recognize and use the distributive property of multiplication.

4th grade

Math

Lesson Plan

Distribute to Multiply

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.

3rd grade

Math

Lesson Plan

The distributive property is an important mathematical property that students begin learning during early algebra. This property shows students that the complicated task of multiplying a number by a group of numbers added together can be simplified down to doing each multiplication separately. Use the resources on this page to gain a better understanding of the distributive property and help your child become an expert.

The distributive property is just a fancy name for multiplication with parentheses. Let’s start with a more simple example:

** 6 × (3 + 4)**

Following the order of operations, we would start by adding the two numbers inside the parenthesis before multiplying that product by 6:

6 × (7) = 42

The distributive property states that we can solve this problem a different way since we have a single term being multiplied by a group of two or more terms added together. Looking at the same example from before, the distributive property says that we can remove the parentheses from our problem by multiplying each term on the inside by the term on the outside:

6 × (3 + 4) → 6 × 3 + 6 × 4

If we then follow our order of operations and perform the multiplication first and then the addition, we get the following:

18 + 24 = 42

This answer is the same as the one we found before, but it was achieved using a different method. This property becomes even more helpful in higher level algebra with the introduction of variables. Let’s look at a different example:

**2 × (3x + 5)**

In this problem, we can’t follow our order of operations because 3x and 5 do not add. Therefore, we have to use our distributive property to simplify the expression:

2 × (3x + 5) → 2 × 3x + 2 × 5 = 6x + 10

The distributive property is an important algebraic property for students to learn since it is so widely used in upper level math. Education.com’s many resources on the subject will have your student mastering the concept of distributive property in no time!

Following the order of operations, we would start by adding the two numbers inside the parenthesis before multiplying that product by 6:

The distributive property states that we can solve this problem a different way since we have a single term being multiplied by a group of two or more terms added together. Looking at the same example from before, the distributive property says that we can remove the parentheses from our problem by multiplying each term on the inside by the term on the outside:

If we then follow our order of operations and perform the multiplication first and then the addition, we get the following:

This answer is the same as the one we found before, but it was achieved using a different method. This property becomes even more helpful in higher level algebra with the introduction of variables. Let’s look at a different example:

In this problem, we can’t follow our order of operations because 3x and 5 do not add. Therefore, we have to use our distributive property to simplify the expression:

The distributive property is an important algebraic property for students to learn since it is so widely used in upper level math. Education.com’s many resources on the subject will have your student mastering the concept of distributive property in no time!