Math Coachs Corner: Demystifying the Distributive Property. Okay, raise your hand if you're an elementary teacher and just the mention of the distributive property makes you break out in a cold sweat. Go ahead...no one can see you. As with any other math concept, it's important to take this skill through the concrete (manipulatives) and representational (drawing) stages before the abstract (purely symbolic) stage.
Squares are so cool ... they get into every club! I explain to my students that squares are in the parallelogram club, the rhombus club and the rectangle club. This really helps the kids understand some complicated geometric nomenclature.
Whole Lesson - properties of rectangles or quadrilaterals - missing lengths - missing angles - KS2