Algebraic Expressions—The Commutative and Associative Properties

Who says math is boring? Turn dry concepts like properties and vocabulary into an interesting lesson! Examine the commutative and associative properties of addition and multiplication using geometric reinforcement. Through collaboration, the resource emphasizes vocabulary and proof.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide a thorough examination of vocabulary related to expressions
  • Incorporate a tool like a chart or waffles to organize relevant vocabulary
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is heavy on vocabulary; continual reinforcement is necessary for a thorough understanding
  • Requires a strong number sense; be ready to support those who struggle with this skill
Pros

  • Engaging lesson with a collaborative approach
  • Uses both numbers and variables to explore the commutative and associative properties
  • Includes handouts, key, exit ticket, and a detailed teacher guide
  • Provides multiple ways to think about the commutative and associative properties
Cons

  • None