Today the students reviewed talking about the commutative property. We have been using this property as we have discussed fact families. The students should recognize that 3x6 is the same as 6x3 because they can multiply in any order and get the same answer. This is the commutative property. Over the next few days into the next couple weeks we will also be learning about the associative and distributive properties.

I also had a parent ask about what we are doing for division, and I wanted to make sure that I clarified for everyone. Right now we are only working on division in relation to basic facts. The students should be able to recognize that if they are given three numbers 2, 6, and 12 they can make two multiplication and two division sentences. If they come across a problem that says 3x____=12, then they should be able to think 12 divided by 3 equals 4 so the missing number is 4. At this point if students can manipulate numbers in this way they will meet the third grade division standards. I hope that clarifies, but please let me know if there is anything else that is confusing. If one person doesn't understand, I am sure that there are more who would benefit from clarification as well. :) Thanks so much for your questions!

I also had a parent ask about what we are doing for division, and I wanted to make sure that I clarified for everyone. Right now we are only working on division in relation to basic facts. The students should be able to recognize that if they are given three numbers 2, 6, and 12 they can make two multiplication and two division sentences. If they come across a problem that says 3x____=12, then they should be able to think 12 divided by 3 equals 4 so the missing number is 4. At this point if students can manipulate numbers in this way they will meet the third grade division standards. I hope that clarifies, but please let me know if there is anything else that is confusing. If one person doesn't understand, I am sure that there are more who would benefit from clarification as well. :) Thanks so much for your questions!