Lesson objective: Apply the distributive property to real-world area problems.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of the distributive property to a real-life situation. Students are asked to design a bulletin board which needs to be split, and the area needs to be found for the smaller rectangles as well as the whole bulletin board.

Key Concept students will use:

Skills students will use:

- Using the distributive property
- Multiplication
- Solving for area

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7 (Look for and make use of structure) as they use the area model to decompose rectangles while using the distributive property to find the area the whole rectangle.

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