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# Greatest Common Factor and the Distributive Property Worksheets

• Updated:  13 Jan 2023

Determine the GCF and use the distributive property to express the sum of two whole numbers as a multiplication equation with a common factor.

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  1 Page

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# Greatest Common Factor and the Distributive Property Worksheets

• Updated:  13 Jan 2023

Determine the GCF and use the distributive property to express the sum of two whole numbers as a multiplication equation with a common factor.

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  1 Page

Determine the GCF and use the distributive property to express the sum of two whole numbers as a multiplication equation with a common factor.

## Greatest Common Factor and the Distributive Property Worksheet

So what exactly does GCF mean? The greatest common factor (GCF) is the largest positive integer that divides two or more integers without leaving a remainder. It can be found by listing the factors of each number and finding the greatest number that they have in common. For example, the GCF of 12 and 18 is 6 because 6 is the largest number that divides both 12 and 18 without leaving a remainder.

The distributive property is a property of arithmetic that allows you to multiply a single term by the sum or difference of two or more other terms. It states that:

a(b + c) = ab + ac

Let’s take a look at how these concepts work together with 16 + 32. To express this using the distributive property, you would first have to find the GCF of 16 and 32. This equals to be 16. We can then rewrite the equation as 16(1+2) using the distributive property.

There are 3 worksheets included with this download. These worksheets focus on finding the greatest common factor and using the GCF and distributive property to express the sum as a product.

## Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding

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Students that require extension can create their own word problems to share with classmates.

Students that need scaffolding could use a personal whiteboard or blank paper to have more visual space to show their working out. They can use the GCF poster as a reference to assist with each step.

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This resource was created by Jillian Sloane, a teacher in West Virginia and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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