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This is a set of activities for teaching the commutative property of multiplication. It includes both independent work and math centers.
✓ Commutative Property Puzzles
✓ Commutative Property Matching Game
✓ 3 Worksheets
✓ Answer Keys
• Posters - These are the same except for the orientation. One is landscape and one is portrait. They include the definition of the commutative property and an example.
• Puzzles - This is a set of 28 individual three-piece puzzles. Each one shows a multiplication expression written two ways (with the order of the factors switched) and the product. Students must match all three pieces up in order to complete a puzzle. These can be used as an independent match center or in a small group.
• Matching Game - This activity includes 32 cards that make 16 pairs. Each pair of cards describes a multiplication situation (__ groups of __) in two different ways along with the product. Students will match each card with its commutative property partner. Several pairs with the same product but different ways to arrive at it are included so students can’t simply find and match cards based on the product.
• Worksheets - These let students practice this concept in a variety of ways. One worksheet involves coloring in arrays on a grid to match multiplication expressions. Another requires students to interpret multiplication expressions by drawing equal groups and a description (__groups of __). The third worksheet in a cut-and-paste activity in which students must rewrite an expression using the commutative property and then glue the correct product in the space provided.
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