# Properties of Multiplication: Commutative and Associative

## About the Properties of Multiplication: Commutative and Associative Lesson

**Summary**

This lesson introduces students to the Commutative Property of Multiplication and the Associative Property of Multiplication.

**Objectives**

• To be able to explain the Commutative Property of Multiplication.

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To be able to explain the Associative Property of Multiplication.

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To be able to identify which property is being used in a math problem.

**Suggested Grades**

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

**Excerpt **

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The Commutative Property of Multiplication states that factors can be multiplied in any order without the product changing.
For example, saying that 3 x 4 = 12 is the same as saying 4 x 3 = 12. The Commutative Property of Multiplication tells us that the product will always be 12, no matter what order these two numbers are multiplied in. In other words, 3 x 4 = 4 x 3.
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