To distribute means to give out something.  Your teacher distributes tests to each student in the class.  Each student is given a single paper that is the same as all the other papers.  The Distributive property is a very important algebraic property.  It combines addition and subtraction as well as multiplication.  The distributive property gives out multiplication to each term inside the parentheses.

Distribution Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Distribution
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Distribution
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grade 6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson introduces students to an important algebraic property known as distribution. The distributive property gives out multiplication to each term inside the parentheses.  The lesson provides examples that distribute whole numbers, fractions, and variables and offers students plenty of opportunity to practice using the property.

Classroom Instruction:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that distribution means to hand out or to pass out. Demonstrate distributing papers to each student, the object being distributed (in this case papers) is the same for each person and each person gets a single paper.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of distribution problems in order to help them practice the new algorithm.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on distribution. Have students practice problems with and without variables.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems as a whole class and individually.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Pass out one large piece of paper to each group of students.  Each group should be given a different color marker to write their answers.  Have students work individually to answer the questions and then collaborate in small groups or in pairs. They should write their final answer on a large piece of paper.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students work the first problem in order to understand how to complete the dominoes.
  8. In closing, ask students to think of other examples in their lives where items are distributed.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 


Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

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Grade Level

6th Grade