Reflection: Flexibility Distributive Property, Day 1 - Section 4: Closing


At the start of this lesson, I was sure the students would grasp the equations easily, as we have done weeks of this exact work with models.  However, as always, I learned so much from listening to them discuss and in watching them work.  

One of the first things I noticed was they had no sense of splitting a number, only a space. That is why I chose to do a simple mini lesson to practice this and then to send home more practice.  

In my next lesson, I will continue to work on splitting factors and using the distributive property to find area.  I will then move to using the property to solve an equation.

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Distributive Property, Day 1

Unit 3: Using Multiplication to Find Area
Lesson 11 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to express the area of a given rectangle using the distributive property.

Big Idea: Children need to move from the manipulative expressions of the distributive property into the mathematical equations eventually. This lesson is the first step in leading them to that goal.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Geometry, area model, Critical Area
  55 minutes
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