Distributive Property of Multiplication
This math resource makes the distributive property of multiplication easier for you to teach and for your students to learn with visual models to guide the way.
What’s included?
Anchor Charts/Posters:

Definition poster

Distributive property using arrays (stepbystep)

Distributive property using decomposition (stepbystep)
Activities:

Task cards

Worksheet or assessment

Math Center
POSTERS
These are great to use as anchor charts so students have something to refer to as they learn how to apply the distributive property. You can also use them to illustrate key teaching points during your initial instruction.
Includes a set of posters that illustrate how to decompose an array to solve and another set that shows students stepbystep how to decompose factors to solve using the distributive property.
TASK CARDS
These can be projected for the whole class to see and work through the problems together – or place them in your math centers for independent practice. I also like to use them in guided math groups for students who need extra support.
They are not simple multiplechoice questions. They are openended tasks that require some critical math thinking. Students must understand and apply the distributive property to come up with their own answers.
Includes 12 task cards, recording sheets, and answer key.
MATH CENTER
This is a set of 2piece puzzles for matching. Students must match each equation with its partner equation showing how it can be decomposed using the distributive property.
Includes 12 mini puzzles.
WORKSHEET
This is a single page with 5 openended tasks for students to complete:

Rewriting multiplication equations using the distributive property

Drawing an array to match the provided equation

Writing an equation to represent an array and then solving their equation by decomposing one of the factors
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