This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 4, Unit 4, Grade 7. In this activity, students find patterns in situations to connect to the distributive property. Students should see that the expressions are all representations of the same thing. Students learn that multiplying a number by 1/2 and adding that product to the original numbers is the same as multiplying by 1.5. This idea is extended to percents in the following activity.