Summarize: Commutative: the ORDER in which you add or multiply numbers doesn't matter. Associative: how you GROUP the numbers when you add or multiply doesn't matter. Same kid friendly meanings for identity (how the number still sees itself in the mirror), inverse (opposite and upside down), and distributive (break a number apart).
Commutative Property Anchor Chart ~ Also works with boats, planes, buses, and trains. For an added twist, have some students stand at separate stops and pretend to get on in different orders, but get the same total load. :)
Properties of Multiplication Foldable $2.50- Help students learn or review the properties of multiplication. Students make the foldable at a math center or as a whole class. Send home to study or glue into math journal.