Lesson Plan

Associative Property of Multiplication

Teach your students to recognize and use the associative property of multiplication.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to apply the associative property to multiply single-digit factors.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what the word associate means. Use it in a sentence. For example, "I associate with Matthew during recess," or "We often associate the color blue with sadness." Give students a moment to discuss the word with peers.
  • Call on a few students to give a definition for the word associate and then develop a meaning with the class (i.e. joined or connected)
  • On the board, draw a quick picture to illustrate the word (i.e. draw two people holding hands)
  • Explain: Today we are going to explore the associative property of multiplication.
  • Write the name of the property on the board and underline the word associative.

Beginning

  • Have students share their ideas with a supportive partner or a peer with the same home language (L1), if possible.
  • Allow students to share their ideas in their L1.

Intermediate

  • Ask students to restate the definition of associate in their own words to a partner and then to the whole group.