NCTM Illuminations has an excellent PDF based resource on using the area model to teach both the distributive property and factoring out the greatest common factor. I used this resource frequently during the six years I taught Algebra 1. One year, several of my students really appreciated this structure for working out their problems. I …

# Distributive Property Activities

I used this “One Incorrect” Distributive Property Activity from Greta Bergman to give my students extra practice with the distributive property and combining like terms. In this activity, students were given eight different algebraic expressions that needed to be simplified through applying the distributive property and combining like terms. Seven of the eight expressions simplify …

In a previous post about creating cards for a speed dating activity, I mentioned that I had started using printable business cards for my speed dating cards instead of printing them on card stock and laminating them. I’ve also been doing the same thing for question stacks. Last year, I purchased a bunch of Avery …

Quick post today to share a foldable I made to review the distributive property with my Algebra 1 students. This is one of those topics that my students have seen since they were in the seventh grade, but they still make mistakes. Here are the two most common mistakes I see: 3(5x – 2) = …

After completing our distributive property foldable, I wanted to give my students a bit more practice. That’s how this set of distributive property practice problems was born. Free Download of Distributive Property Practice Problems

This year, I combined combining like terms and the distributive property as a skill in Algebra 1. I think I need to split these up into two separate skills in the future. My distributive property notes aren’t the most exciting thing in the world. No pretty graphic organizer or foldable. 🙁 Describing the Distributive Property …

I created this distributive property foldable to show my Algebra 1 students the four different ways that a distributive property problem can be written. To create this foldable, I took a letter-sized sheet of colored paper and cut it in half lengthwise on my paper chopper. Then, I had each student fold the strip of …

After having to reteach my Algebra 2 students the distributive property, I wanted to make sure my Algebra 1 students had a strong understanding of the distributive property. Looking online for ideas, I found the idea of teaching the distributive property using combo meals. I printed off pictures of various foods. I cut them out …