Lesson 20
The Commutative Property
Lesson Purpose
The purpose of this lesson is for students to describe the commutative property of multiplication using arrays.
Lesson Narrative
In previous lessons, students used drawings of equal groups and arrays to represent multiplication situations. They also connected multiplication expressions and equations to these representations. In this lesson, students are introduced to the commutative property. Students will notice that the same product can be represented by different situations, arrays, or equations. Reorganizing the arrays or reversing the order of the factors in a multiplication expression does not change the total number of objects. It is important that students connect their equations to the corresponding situations and representations. They should be able to correctly explain what each factor and the product represents in their equations.
Note that students are not expected to use the name of the property. They should, however, be able to rely on their conceptual understanding of multiplication to explain why the product does not change when the order of the factors changes.
 Representation
 MLR8
Activity 1: Learn More About Multiplication
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Describe the commutative property of multiplication using arrays.
Student Facing
 Let’s learn about the commutative property.
Required Preparation
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  20 min 
Activity 2  15 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
What part of the lesson went really well today in terms of students learning? What did you do that made that part go well?
Suggested Centers
 Capture Squares (1–3), Stage 5: Multiply with 2, 5, and 10 (Addressing)
 Five in a Row: Multiplication (3–5), Stage 1: Factors 1–5 and 10 (Addressing)
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