Reflection: Rigor Exploring the Distributive Property - Section 2: Matching Activity


WONDERFUL ACTIVITY!  My students gained so much from this matching activity.  It took a little longer than anticpated, but it was well worth it.  The students were making great connections to the area diagrams and expressions.  They started by trying to find the area and then find the matching expression value.  In order to get them away from doing this.  I encouraged them to look only at the diagram and write down as many expressions as they could that would help them find the area.  By doing this, the students started looking at the area diagrams differently.  They no longer were trying to match values, but trying to match expressions using a deeper understanding of the material.  It was truly amazing. 

I told them that anyone can do the math to find the match.  It takes a mathematician to discover the connections by making sense of what was happening.  Total buy in!


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Exploring the Distributive Property

Unit 6: Expressions
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: SWBAT use the distributive property to write expressions featuring area diagrams.

Big Idea: Area models and expressions will help build a solid foundation of how the distributive property works.

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