For example: 6(4+5) is the same as (6 x 4) + (6 x 5) it all equals 54.
The Distributive Property of Multiplication is worth its weight in gold because:
- It allows students to solve multiplication problems that are otherwise too hard for them.
- It helps students to develop a better sense of numbers because it clearly illustrates that a number is equal to the sum of its parts.
- It helps students develop a more creative and flexible use of numbers through “number crunching”.
- It helps students to more fully understand the concept of multiplication.
Here are some example of how your kiddo might see it:
Next week's homework will have them practicing this concept. It will be due Monday, October 27th. Please let me know if you have any questions!