Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Exploring the Distributive Property - Section 1: DO NOW


This worksheets sets the students up for the matching activity as it helps them see how different expressions can be used for the same area diagram.  It also develops an understanding of the distributive property through a concrete lens.  This worksheet provides a logical progression of how to write an area expression using the Distributive Property


Here is an example of student work from one of my IEP students.  I was so proud as he did this without any assistance.


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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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