Lesson Plan

Multiplication 1.4

Break it Apart to Solve It
Jessica Lyn K.
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P.S. 239
Ridgewood, United States
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to use the distributive property to find products of the factors of 3,4,6,7, and 8 by breaking apart problems into simpler problems.

Grades 3 – 4
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1 Intro to New Material

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zero property - any number times 0 is always 0

7 x 0 = 0 or 233,987 x 0 = 0

identity property - any number times 1 is always that number

7 x 1 = 7 or 233,987 x 1 = 233,987

commutative property - two numbers multiplied in any order give the same product

4 x 6 = 24 and 6 x 4 = 24

distributive property - break apart a problem into two simpler problems

4 x 6 = (2 x 6) + (2 x 6)

Watch flocabulary video on multiplication properties

2 Daily Common Core Review

Activity: Other — Warm Up

A restaurant cuts its large pizza pies into 8 equal pieces. How many total pieces of pizza are in 9 pies?

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Conversing

Focus Question:

How can you break apart facts?

Turn and Talk

So we all know how to multiply facts with 0,1,2 and 5. We are going to combine these facts wit other facts.

Suppose we know that 2 x 4 = 8

Do you need to learn something new to learn 4 x 2 = 8?


What property is being shown here?

Turn and Talk

4 Student Practice

Activity: Creating

Create two 4 x 6 grids on grid paper. Write a multiplication expression for the first grid. Color the second grid with 2 colors to show 2 smaller grids. Make each smaller grid represent a multiplication fact that you already know. Write the multiplication expression for each of these grids.


Work with a partner. Use the grid paper to find 7 x 7 by breaking it apart into two facts.

Try 6 x 8 next.


Turn and talk to your partner about what the distributive property is. How or why can this be helpful?


Try One More

Darnel is replacing the wheels on 8 skateboards. Each skateboard has 4 wheels. How many wheels does he need in all?

5 Closing

View Khan academy video on multiplication

page 15 # 5 please do this in your notebook independently


Pg 15 # 6 -24 EVEN only

You may work QUIETLY together on this


HW Study for your Topic 3/4 Test

Review Sheet