Last week our first grade team introduced the commutative property to our students. Now, I am a strong believer in teaching students the correct terminology for things, but I also know that at this age they sometimes need something a little more fun to help them remember. Because of this, the commutative property has always been known as "flip flop addition" in my classroom. I've found that this really helps the strategy "stick" and I FINALLY decided to create some activities to go along with the name we use. (Probably because I am really not digging our new math series...anyone else using Go Math? Not my favorite...)
I uploaded my activities to TPT, so if you're teaching your firsties (or seconds!) about the commutative property, too, feel free to check it out!
For a Friday bonus, I'll send a copy to the first three people to comment for FREE. :) Just leave a comment with your email address and I'll send it your way!