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Introducing the Distributive Property

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

This is an instructional task, best used when students are first working with the distributive property. The standard asks students to apply the distributive property to area models, though this task intentionally begins with array models. Students may need to become comfortable with breaking apart discrete sets before breaking apart continuous area models (just as students usually begin understanding multiplication through arrays before transitioning to area models.) The teacher should facilitate each step of this task.

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