## Distributive Property

Today on Math Out Loud we’ll focus on the words distributive property, d-i-s-t-r-i-b-u-t-i-v-e p-r-o-p-e-r-t-y. You can use the distributive property when you want to break down a problem to make it easier. It is useful when there is a 2-digit or larger number that you are trying to multiply. To use the distributive property, you break up the 2-digit or larger number and then multiply. For example, if you have the problem 32 x 4, break up the 32 into 30 + 2. Then we multiply 30 x 4 and 2 x 4. Then you add the products. So you add 120 plus 8 to get 128. A non-example would be 9 x 8 because breaking it up doesn’t really make the math easier to do in our head. We’re the Math Masters with the word story of distributive property on Math Out Loud.

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