Grab Three, FREE distributive property worksheets so children can practice creating and solving expressions like a(b + c ) = (a * b) + (a * c).
We participate in a homeschool community that encourages memory work. My kiddos have worked hard on memorizing places on the map, latin endings, parts of speech, and concepts about science.
We also memorize the facts for the numbers 2 – 15, geometry formulas, and multiplication properties. My boys have gotten good at singing a song that helps them remember what the formula is, but of course, I want a little more.
I wanted my oldest to see it in action, and get in some practice solving multiplication problems using the distributive property.
So I created him three distributive property worksheets!
Prep – Work:
Guess what! Almost no prep- work is required for these sheets.
- First, print off the pages. You will need to print one page for each child, except for page five. Only one page is needed per two children.
- Next, gather up pencils, colored pencils, glue, and scissors!
Now you are ready to go!!
Distributive Property Worksheets
Write it out:
First, we have a simple sheet where the children are asked to look at one expression, change it to another, and then solve.
To begin, they are given the expression (5 * 9) + (5 * 4). It is easy to see that five is a factor in both parentheses. So there is actually a better way to write this. 5 (9 + 4). Now that the expression is rewritten it is time to solve.
5 * 9 = 45 and 5 * 4 = 20.
45 + 20 = 65
Cut and Paste:
Next, we move to the second sheet. The children are looking for the two expressions that match and then gluing them under the answer.
You know I can’t leave this part out!! Modeling is extremely important to our right brain children and those that learn visually.
The final worksheet begins by providing the children an expression. After studying the expression and rewriting it, they move on to models.
Our sweet little ones will now cut out and color arrays that match each part of the expression.
Once the models are glued on, they write down how many squares are in each array.
Finally, they add the two arrays together and write down the answer.
I hope you and your children enjoy seeing the distributive property come to life!!!
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