Math Properties: Solve by Distributive Property

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Our Math Properties: Solve by Distributive Property lesson plan teaches students how to apply the distributive property.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. The only suggestions for this lesson are for the teacher to make the lesson run more smoothly. One of these suggestions it to pre-cut the dominoes for the lesson activity and put them in small bags for the students.

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What our Math Properties: Solve by Distributive Property lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Solve by Distributive Property teaches students how to apply this important algebraic property. By the end of the lesson, your students will have a strong understanding of how to use the distributive property. This lesson is for students in 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are scissors, butcher paper, pencils, pens, and highlighters.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. The only suggestions for this lesson are for the teacher to make the lesson run more smoothly. It suggests pre-cutting the dominoes and putting them in small bags for the students. You can also have your students glue the dominoes on paper to turn in or laminate them to use year after year.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.

MATH PROPERTIES: SOLVE BY DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES

Math Properties

The Math Properties: Solve by Distributive Property lesson plan includes one content page. When you distribute something, you give it out equally. In math, the Distributive Property is an essential algebraic property that combines multiplication, addition, and subtraction.

The Distributive Property Rules

The lesson then lists the various distributive property rules as equations.

It starts with the product of a and (b+c). It lists two ways of approaching this problem, and shows both of these equations as variables and in numeric form. The first is: a(b+c) = ab + ac (variables) =  2(3+4) = (2)(3) + (2)(4) (numeric). The second is: (b+c)a = ba + ca (variables) = (5+6)7 = (5)(7) + (6)(7) (numeric).

Next, the lesson shows the product of a and (b–c). It also lists two ways of approaching this problem, and shows both of these equations as variables and in numeric form. The first is: a(b–c) = ab – ac (variables) =  2(3-4) = (2)(3) – (2)(4) (numeric). The second is: (b–c)a = ba – ca (variables) = (5+6)7 = (5)(7) – (6)(7) (numeric).

The lesson closes with a few sets of example problems for students to study to better understand how the distributive property works.

MATH PROPERTIES: SOLVE BY DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS

The Math Properties: Solve by Distributive Property lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.

SIMPLIFY EXPRESSIONS ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

For the activity worksheet, students will first cut out and mix up the dominoes. Next, they will simplify the expressions by placing the solution next to the correct expression’s domino.

DISTRIBUTION TABLECLOTH PRACTICE WORKSHEET

The practice worksheet asks students to follow the teacher’s instructions to create a Distribution Tablecloth.

MATH PROPERTIES: SOLVE BY DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

For the homework assignment, students will solve problems using the Distributive Property.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information

grade-level

6th Grade

subject

Math

State Educational Standards

LB.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.3

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of
most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact
your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.