Great hands on activity for 6th - 8th graders struggling or just learning the Distributive Property. I like to tell my students that a fun way to remember Distributive Property is that the parenthesis are like a bowl and the term in front is going to be "double dipped" (or "triple dipped" depending on how many terms are inside the parenthesis) into the bowl. I always have them circle the term in front including the sign so it's easier for them to remember it when distributing.
Half Sheet of Paper (write boxes and parenthesis as pictured)
3 dice (I put in one red one for the older kids to represent a negative number)
Whiteboard or paper and pencil
Students roll the dice and place the dice in the boxes
(if they are using a red dice for negative numbers, then just put it in either of the first 2 boxes)
Students write the problem formed when the roll the dice and solve!
My summer class of 7th graders wanted to make a competition of it. So, we set a timer to see who could solve the most distributive property problems correctly the fastest. It was funny to watch them catch on that when they rolled a 1 they would put it in the first box so they didn't have to distribute or "double dip" like I call it. :)