Why Does it Work Addition Subtraction Strategies Activity

How to teach Properties of Addition

Using Why Does it Work Addition Subtraction Strategies Activity, students explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations.

Understanding that you can add in any order is important foundation for your students. This activity will help them practice the Commutative Property of Addition.

Students will create their own addition and subtraction problems. Then, draw a picture, and explain why the strategies work.

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Introduce the activity by showing adding two set of objects and then switching the order of adding. Next, ask questions like "What do you think will happen when we switch the order?". Then,  students complete the activity independently or with a partner. Finally, students explain how the properties of addition help them solve addition equations. Once finished, challenge students to write their own equations that show the Properties of Addition.

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