Distributive Property Tool

This tool can be used to demonstrate that a product that is unknown can be decomposed into two known products.

Students use multiple models to show how a product can be shown in two parts, each part corresponding to values shown in parentheses in an equation, e.g., 6 x 7 = (6 x 5) + (6 x 2). The tool allows the transition from models to numbers only.

After watching the video, click on “Try the Tool" and learn more about the distributive property.

Watch the Tool in Action