Unit 1, Lesson 16, Grade 3 icon
Unit 1, Lesson 16

Use the distributive property as a strategy to find related multiplication facts

EngageNY 60 min(s)

In this lesson, students use the distributive property to decompose new multiplication facts into the sum of two known facts (the "break apart and distribute" strategy). For example, they decompose 8 × 4 into (5 × 4) + (3 × 4) and draw an array to match. This lesson focuses on multiplication involving units of 4 in order to build fluency with those facts.

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