# Commutative Property of Multiplication - Lesson for Grade 3, Chapter - Multiplication Facts

In the "Commutative Property of Multiplication" lesson, third-grade students will embark on an explorative journey to understand and apply the commutative property of multiplication, a fundamental concept in the "Multiplication and Division" unit within the "Multiplication Facts" chapter. This property asserts that the order in which two numbers are multiplied does not change the product, meaning a × b = b × a.

Through engaging and interactive activities such as "Birds of a Feather," "Balanced Equations," and "Tug of War," all centered around the commutative property worksheet, students will learn to recognize patterns, simplify multiplication tasks, and enhance their problem-solving abilities. These exercises are designed to reinforce the concept that by rearranging the factors, multiplication can be made easier and more efficient, thereby improving their mental math skills.

Understanding the commutative property is crucial not only for mastering multiplication but also for laying the groundwork for future mathematical concepts. It helps students develop a flexible approach to solving math problems, increases their confidence in math, and fosters a deeper understanding of how numbers interact. By grasping this essential property, students are better prepared for more complex mathematical operations and concepts, making it a pivotal part of their mathematical education journey.

Estimated classroom time: 9 min
Chapter: Multiplication Facts
Unit: Multiplication and Division
Click on any activity below to start learning.
1st
3:00 min
Birds of a Feather: Commutative Property Worksheet
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2nd
3:00 min
Balanced Equations: Commutative Property Worksheet
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3rd
3:00 min
Tug of War: Commutative Property Worksheet
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• ### Activity 1 / Birds of a Feather: Commutative Property Worksheet

The commutative property rule states that changing the order of factors does not change the product. Use that theory to help your kids solve the simple problems here. If your kids love birds, they might be eager to identify some of the exotic birds in this colorful worksheet. Remember that the only way to help them understand difficult topics is by constant practice. Look at the equations in this tracing sheet. Help your kids draw a line to connect the equations that match.

• ### Activity 2 / Balanced Equations: Commutative Property Worksheet

Mathematics can be a tricky subject, and is usually the cause of a lot of stress and tears. First, remind them that even older people still have problems with math, and their learning never really ends. If your kids are rather stressed out with their math, or they still have some difficulties with understanding balanced equations, use this simple worksheet to clear up their confusion. The commutative property rule states that changing the order of factors does not change the product. Use that theory to help your kids solve the simple problems here.

• ### Activity 3 / Tug of War: Commutative Property Worksheet

Tug of war is a fun game which your child can engage in at the park, in the playground, or even in the backyard here at home with some friends. You can use your child’s favorite game to teach them a bit of simple mathematics. Do they know what commutative property is? If they don’t, teach them that the commutative property rule states that changing the order of factors does not change the product. Look at the equations in the middle of this worksheet, and hold your child’s hand as they draw a line to the side with the matching equation.