Associative Property

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The lesson explains the associative property to your students. Both addition and multiplication are discussed, with several examples for teachers to do with students. The lesson may be used with lessons about other mathematical properties.  Students will learn that associative property allows you to add or multiply regardless of how the numbers are grouped.  The numbers in the group, or in the parenthesis, are added or multiplied first and when three or more numbers are added.

Associative Property Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Associative Property
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on Associative Property
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 2-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson explains the associative property to your students. Both addition and multiplication are discussed, with several examples for teachers to do with students. The lesson may be used with lessons about other mathematical properties.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Begin by explaining to students that to associate means to be grouped together.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of the associative property in order to help them practice the new information. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes the associative property. Have students practice problems with addition and multiplication.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually and check their answers with a partner.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students work a few problems at the beginning of the next class to reinforce the new property.
  8. In closing, ask students to explain how grouping symbols and the word associate are linked together.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:

None for Grade 2

CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.B.5

None for Grade 4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

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Additional information

Grade Level

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math