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# Distributive property benefits anybody engaged with algebraic expressions

How should a country distribute the tax burden? What about the distribution of the sweets, desserts, and yummy goodness around dinner tables? And distribution in mathematics?

## It’s called the “Distributive Property.”

Consider how we use distributive property. How do we distribute in our daily lives:

1. How should we distribute our time, our energy?
2. What will we do with these 24 hours?
3. How will our resources be parceled out?

We “deal in shares” all the time! We distribute our attention, our money, our work, and our play.

We do the same in mathematics, even in evaluating algebraic expressions. Distributive property anyone? Let’s start by breaking the word, distribute, into parts.

Essentially, to distribute is to separate into portions. Cool right? That’s distributive property for you!

In this lesson, Math Specialist Brittany looks at the meaning of “distributive,” supplies tangible examples, partnered with precise, explicit, mathematical language that sticks, for example: “2 groups of x + 3.” Add a dash of subitizing, and we have the optimization of who we are at MFM. This is us!

This is more than multisensory math tutoring; it is intervention exemplified.

This awesome detailed lesson is a little over 7 minutes and well worth the attention of our kids. You won’t be sorry you took a look! Click “play” and distribute some time and attention to your math brain.

# MFM Authors

### Matthew Lyda

Multisensory Math Specialist

Matthew is a Blue Belt in Shotokan Karate, a happy husband, wilderness lover, drummer, and a voracious reader! He works with students one:one as well as in group classes.

### Brittany Sawyer

Multisensory Math Specialist, VP of Group Classes

Brittany is a certified teacher with 12 years experience teaching mathematics. She loves the outdoors, is an avid sports fan, and doesn’t discriminate of sweets of any kind. She works with students one:one as well in group classes.