We worked on properties of addition last week. We talked about the three properties and to help them remember, I taught the kids that the Commutative property could also be called the flip flop rule because the numbers just flip around and you still get the same sum.
To help them remember Associative, we talked about the word "associate" and how it can mean partner or buddy. We called this rule the buddy rule because the parentheses make the numbers have a partner or buddy.
For the Identity rule, we called it the Me rule because these numbers don't like change! They like being themselves. So, when you add zero to a number, this is exactly what happens. The number doesn't change, it stays the same!
To to help my students practice, I made this little game/activity. All that is required is a set of three dice per child and copies of this sheet!
I am currently working on our next science unit on Animal and Plant Adaptations. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the finished product!