I am a big fan of rhyming poetry. Thus, when I found this rhyming poem, I got very excited because I think that this is another way for students to remember the commutative property. I also think that because the language of this poem is not too difficult (given that the students are introduced to the mathematical terms such as factors, products, multiplied, and number sentence), the students will be able to remember this rhyme to help remind them what the commutative property means. If I were to introduce this rhyme, I will definitely have the students repeat after me, perhaps with some hand motions to keep them engaged, a couple of times and for the next however amount of days that I will use to go over this concept.
From this blog, I found this great assignment that deals with distributive property that the students can have fun with it. I have put the link of the assignment that the blog user has used for her classroom. It is a great hands-on activity for students to use visuals to help them understand the concept of this property. I also like the fact that for this assignment, it doesn't involve using numbers, but instead pictures of tangible items. Although in this assignment, it deals with distributive property of addition, the same concept of distributing of the outside factor of the parenthesis, can be applied to the distributive property of multiplication. I think this is a great resource for me to use in the future when I think about doing an assignment to help students comprehend the concept of this property and to also have fun while learning.
Use COOKIE MATH to help teach the commutative property of multiplication.
Joanna Chung's insight:
I found this short clip of how this woman is demonstrating the commutative property of multiplication by showing two different arrays of cookies. One array shows three cookies aligned in a single column with four cookie chips in each. The other array shows two cookies in two rows having three chocolate chips in each. In the video, the woman counts the cookie chips and they equal the same amount in each array. I think that by showing students something simple as cookies can be a great visual aid for the students when they are learning this property. Students can see for themselves as how 3 x 4 has the same product as 4 x 3. By showing a real life context, the students can also see how commutative property can be identified outside of the classroom as well.
I found this great math game activity where the students have to match the multiplication equations that apply to the commutative property along with the product. I think the candy corn visual makes it a more fun way for the students to find the matching numbers and product. In my field placement, my mentor has a similar game where the students have to find the matching cards that have the equations that apply to the commutative property. However, in that game the students are not required to know the product unless they are asked by my mentor. I think this candy corn game might be better for the students to work with since they have to not only match the commutative equations, but also find the correct product as well.
In this lesson, you will learn two ways to name a multiplication number sentence by counting the rows and columns of its array. - for teachers
Joanna Chung's insight:
This article provides a video that shows an in depth explanation of how commutative property can be taught. The video shows how student can count the columns and rows to create the two different equations that equal the same product. It shows one simple array and breaks it down to the different columns and rows. It then explains how writing the number of columns first and writing the number of rows will equal the same amount of circles as switching the numbers around. I think this video can be shown to students as quick introduction to the commutative property. It will aid them because there is a visual shown to them of commutative property being applied to a single array.
The students in my class haven't learned the distributive property yet, they just learned the commutative property. However, I thought the BAY to BABY is a great way for the students to learn how to do the distributive property. This can help them know which order the numbers go in by first using the letters of the words bay to create the word baby.
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