Wellington El Third Graders Become Distributive Doctors

Third-grade students in Karlie Young and Devon Straub’s classes at Wellington Elementary School recently learned that they can use the Distributive Property to break apart large factors into sums of two other easier factors that they can multiply mentally. In order to show this, they had to get their surgery attire, with hair nets, gloves and face masks, and cut or break apart these arrays. The students enjoyed performing their surgeries and were able to model and describe the steps of the Distributive Property.