# Discovering the Commutative Property of Multiplication Lesson Plans & Activities

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Are you wondering how to teach the commutative property of multiplication using the new common core mathematical practices? Wonder no more. These lessons led our third graders into discovering the commutative property of multiplication through the mathematical practice "look for and make use of structure."

There are 5 lesson plans with supporting work mats, printable manipulatives, and word problem work sheets. Four of the 5 lessons have two sets of word problem sheets with different numbers so that the lesson could easily be differentiated for your advanced learners (or these sheets may just provide scaffolded practice). See below to know exactly what is included in the packet:

Page 3………..Overview
Page 4………..Day 1 Plans -- Introducing the Commutative Property with Equal Groups
Page 5-6……..Day 1 Independent Practice for Introducing the Commutative Property
Two levels of practice
Page 7-12……Cake Work Mats and Flower Counters
Page 13……….Day 2 Plans---Reviewing the Commutative Property with Equal Groups
Page 14-15…...Day 2 Independent Practice for Reviewing the Commutative property
Two levels of Practice
Page 16-17……Pickle Work Mats and Pickle Counters
Page 18………..Day 3 Plans--- Arrays with the Commutative Property
Page 19-20…...Day 3 Independent Practice--Arrays with the Commutative Property
Two levels of Practice
Page 21……….Bushes Manipulatives
Page 22……….Day 4 Plans—Reviewing Arrays
Page 23-24….. Day 4 Independent Practice Reviewing Arrays
Page 25-26……Window Grid Paper and Building Work Mat
Page 27……….Day 5 Plans—
Investigating the Commutative Property with the Multiplication Table
Page 28……….Independent Practice—
Investigating the Commutative Property with the Multiplication Table
Page 29………Large Multiplication Table
Page 32-34…..Circle Work Mats (two variations)

Common Core Standards addressed within this packet:
CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3 Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1
CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.B.5 Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.2 Examples: If 6 × 4 = 24 is known, then 4 × 6 = 24 is also known. (Commutative property of multiplication.) 3 × 5 × 2 can be found by 3 × 5 = 15, then 15 × 2 = 30, or by 5 × 2 = 10, then 3 × 10 = 30. (Associative property of multiplication.) Knowing that 8 × 5 = 40 and 8 × 2 = 16, one can find 8 × 7 as 8 × (5 + 2) = (8 × 5) + (8 × 2) = 40 + 16 = 56. (Distributive property.)
CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.D.9 Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table), and explain them using properties of operations. For example, observe that 4 times a number is always even, and explain why 4 times a number can be decomposed into two equal addends.
CCSS.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.3 Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.

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