# Are You Teaching the Commutative Property of Addition?

If you're a third grade teacher, usually your first lesson in most math books is a review of the Commutative Property of Addition. I created a set of 24 task cards to use as a spiral review for My Third Grade Math Teacher Friends teaching the Commutative Property of Addition to use during the first month of school.

Many teachers are working on procedures and routines during the first couple of weeks, students are moving in and moving out of your classroom and maybe your school has hired a new teacher to create smaller classrooms. No matter what, I think you can agree that the first week is crazy hectic. So I liked to have many resources for later in the month to review and revisit the many math skills I had to cover the first week.

Some Fun Ways To Create Excitement for the Commutative Property of Addition

Commutative Property of Addition Lesson Directions:
1. Write this problem on the board, or project on your overhead. 9 + 2 =
2. Have nine children stand to the left of the board and two children to the right. Have the children count all the students for the answer of 11.
3. Shift, write 2 + 9 = on the board and discuss that it doesn't matter in addition, the ORDER of the problem, just the total amount of items, the sum.
4. KEEP the same students in the two groups but have them shift to the left or right so the nine students are now on the right and the SAME two students are on the left.
5. Discuss how the total number of students have not changed, and that we call this the Commutative Property of Addition.
6. Repeat until every student gets a couple of turns at the board and in the audience.
For a Higher Level Class, or to Extend the Above Commutative Property of Addition Lesson:
1. Use 5 + 3= and have a group of five students on one side and three students on another side of the board. Using the "Count on..." strategy start with FIVE and verbalize, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.... equals = 8. The students in the group of three could even raise their hands as you count on, Six, Seven, Eight.
2. Shift, write 3 + 5 = on the board and discuss that it doesn't matter in addition, the ORDER of the problem, just the total amount of items, the total amount of students.
3. KEEP the same students in the two groups but have them shift to the left or right so the five students are now on the right and the SAME three students are on the left.
4. Discuss how the total number of students have not changed, and that we call this the Commutative Property of Addition.
5. Repeat these steps until every student gets a couple of turns at the board and in the audience.
Next Commutative Property of Addition Lesson:
To continue the lesson and go from a visual to a more concrete method, while still involving the students with some up and down, out of their chair, hands on, action.
1. Using number cards, {click here for some FREE number cards} have one student hold the number 6 and another student hold the number 1.
2. Another student can write the problem, 6 + 1 = on the board.
3. Have the students continue to hold the cards, but change places.
4. Write on the board, 1 + 6 = and discuss the Commutative Property of Addition.
5. Give the students multiple chances to hold different number cards and write the problems on the board.
LESSON EXTENSION:
1. Give the students in the audience white boards and markers to work out each problem.
2. In pairs, allow the students to write a problem, swap with their partner and have the partner solve and then use the Commutative Property of Addition to write the related addition sentence.

Finding time during the class day for your students to practice their basic math skills can be challenging. But you will love how easy it is to prepare this MINI-SET of 3rd Grade Math Commutative Property of Addition Number Patterns Task Cards for your class. This mini-set is an economically priced resource for you to add more tasks cards to your classroom.

Have you ever been given a volunteer one day without advanced notice? A college student or a local business person maybe that the office assigned to you? These task cards are perfect to give to the volunteer to work one on one with each student during the day. Place a small desk in the corner or in the hallway and your students will love some one on one time practicing their basic facts with the volunteer that day, in addition to making you look like an amazingly prepared teacher! Download this resource today and you'll be ready to go!

When it comes to the ease of prepping these Commutative Property of Addition Number Patterns Task Cards, all pieces are rectangular and easy for you or a parent volunteer to cut on a paper slicer. No need to cut around a cute turkey or round pumpkin task card, this mini-set is just rectangles with a border, perfect for a no nonsense center for 3rd graders!

Terrific Teacher Feedback!

Sophie K. said, "Used this with second grade when teaching communicative property. Really helped the students grasp the concept and use higher thinking."

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Carolyn T. said, "Great for centers."

Commutative Property of Addition Number Patterns Task Cards and Recording Sheet Resource Includes:

→ 24 Commutative Property of Addition Number Patterns Task Cards in Color Stating, "Find the sum. Then use the commutative property of addition to write the related addition sentence."

→ 1 Recording Sheet

→ 1 Answer Key Sheet - Perfect for a Student Self-Checking Sheet

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These Commutative Property of Addition Number Patterns Task Cards also include the answer key, which you can laminate and leave at the center to allow it to be a student led, self-checking sheet. In small group lessons you can give each student three to four cards and they can help each other and review the Commutative Property of Addition Number Patterns skill by checking the answers that their partner or neighbor answered, keeping everyone involved! Keep your students engaged, alert and on their toes with this one little, cute Commutative Property of Addition Number Patterns Resource!

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Common Core State Standards

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.

• Remediation and RTI groups
• Substitute teacher folders
• Scoot Game! Keep them all up and moving!
• Math Workstations
• Indoor recess