It’s Friday and we have our first quiz today. But here is part of the SmartBoard lesson from yesterday. I wanted the students to have a visual of all of the properties. Here are two of them. For the Distributive Property, I cloned the first image of the gift, so students could come up and actually “distribute” (or drag) that gift to everyone “inside”. I describe the Distributive Property as someone on the outside of the “party” (parentheses) wants to get in, but the only way they can get inside is to bring a gift for everyone inside the party! It’s middle school:) and this makes sense to them! The Smart Board has been such a great teaching tool. I used to just use it as another white board. The more I learn, the more interactive I can make it and the learning becomes that much more meaningful for my students. I get so many ideas from Smart Exchange. There you can download a lesson already created, or, what I like to do is download pre-made lessons and then add or edit it from there to make it suitable for my own class. Students LOVE to come up to the Smartboard, so I always try to incorporate some type of quick practice within a lesson.