# Lesson Plan: Rewriting Expressions Using the Distributive Property Mathematics • 7th Grade

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to rewrite algebraic expressions using the distributive property.

#### Objectives

Students will be able to

• rewrite a given algebraic expression using the distributive property of multiplication over addition,
• rewrite a given algebraic expression using the distributive property of multiplication over subtraction,
• rewrite a given algebraic expression featuring negative numbers using the distributive property,
• rewrite a given algebraic expression using the distributive property and simplify the resultant expression by combining like terms,
• solve more complex problems, such as solving a geometric or word problem using the distributive property.

#### Prerequisites

Students should already be familiar with

• algebraic conventions,
• writing algebraic expressions,
• combining like terms in polynomial expressions of degree 1,
• using the four basic operations with positive and negative numbers,
• squaring numbers.

#### Exclusions

Students will not cover

• the product rule for exponents.