3 What is the Distributive Property? It’s when multiplying a number is the same as multiplying its addends by the number and then adding up the products!For example: 6(4+5) is the same as 6x4 + 6x5 it all equals 54.
4 Let me show you!But wait, Ms.! When will I ever need to use this? What does distributive mean?First answer: Say you don’t know 6 x 9 off the top of your head. You can break down 9 and distribute to find the answer.Second answer: Think about it. What does DISTRIBUTIVE mean? What do you do when you DISTRIBUTE something?Hint: “Ms. Nunez distributes the worksheets to the class.”
5 Define DistributiveGreat! When you distribute something, you hand it out. So the 6 in 6 (4 + 5) is being DISTRIBUTED to both the 4 and the 5, then all you do is add!Show your work!6 (4 + 5) 6x4 + 6x5 = 54!
6 Breakin’ It DownSo, as I said, you can use the Distributive Property to break down multiplication facts you may not remember off the top of your head.For example: I forgot what 8 x 8 was, but I know I can break down one of these numbers.So, I can make 8(5 + 3) and distribute the 8 to both 5 and 3.I can do this because…what does 5 +3 equal? 8!
7 Step it out!Step 1: Identify the number that you will be DISTRIBUTING.Step 2: DISTRIBUTE the number to both factors in the parenthesis.Step 3: Solve for both problems.Step 4: Add them together.
8 Let’s try together. Example: 5(3 + 2) What happens first?Right, so 5 is the number I’m distributing. What two numbers am I distributing it to?Yes! The 3 and the 2, it should look like this:5x3 + 5x2Now what?Multiply & then Add!5x3= 15, 5x2 = 10= 25So, 5(3 + 2) = 25