Common Core Math Vocabulary

# Commutative Property Of Addition - Definition with Examples

## Let's learn!

**What is the commutative property of addition?**

To “commute” means to move around or travel.

According to the commutative property of addition, changing the order of the numbers we are adding, does not change the sum.

Here’s an example of how the sum does NOT change, even if the order of the addends is changed.

Here’s another example.

## Let's sing!

*When adding numbers two or more,*

*Change the order, you will still score!*

*Don’t let adding in order be the aim,*

*Because the sum will just be the same!*

## Let's do it!

Take your child out for grocery shopping. Ask him/her to add the price of items in the bill in a different order and check if the total price is the same.

You may further review, the other properties of addition with your child.

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