Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Distributive Property Hands On Activity



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. 

Materials Needed:
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. :)


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5 comments:

  1. This looks like a great visual. My students are currently struggling with the real world context to this type of problem. I think this will help with the paper pencil task that will help them build more concrete understanding! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. This is great! I'm teaching distributing next week and I love having an activity for my hands-on learners!

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  3. This looks great! I am going to try it tomorrow at our school! Thanks! (4th-7th - Neskowin Valley School, Oregon)

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  4. Love this. Plan on using it this week with my 8th graders.

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  5. Using this next week in a station. I did make a student recording sheet for the students to record their outcomes. (5th grade)

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