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Equivalent Expressions - Distributive Property (1)

This interactive Java learning tool, constructed using GeoGebra, allows a teacher to demonstrate and students to explore the distributive property of multiplication over addition. Students see the relationship between two different algebraic expressions: a(l+w) and a(l) + w with side-by-side diagrams that allow for comparison. The models shown can be determined by checking boxes and the sliders change the values of each variable.
Contributed by: Maine Department of Education, Publisher
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Basic Operations, Number Sense, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Interactive Media

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorMaine Department of Education, Publisher
    • Publication Date2008-09-11
    • RightsCopyright (c) 1994 - 2011 Education Development Center, Inc.
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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