# Distributive Property of Multiplication Freebie

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## The Distributive Property of Multiplication Task Cards

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## The Distributive Property of Multiplication

The **distributive property of multiplication **states that when a number is multiplied by the sum of two numbers, the first can be **distributed** to both of those and multiplied by each separately, then adding the two products together.

First, we "**break-up"** one of the factors to make it easier for 3rd-graders to multiply. If a student is given the multiplication sentence **8 × 16**, it is much easier for the student to "**break up**" the factor **16**.

**For example:**

**8 × (10 + 6)**

Next, the student will **distribute** the **8** to the addends and write a new equation.

**(8 × 10) + (8 × 6)**

Last, solve the equation.

**80 + 48 = 128**

As you can see, "breaking-up" the factor **16** and distributing the **8** to each addend made the problem much easier to solve. A student does not necessarily have to break **16** up into **10** and **6**, but it most cases it is the logical way.

### You may also like this blog post about the full Properties of Multiplication Task Card resource.

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