Addition is commutative.This means that it does not matter in which order we add numbers together.For example, both 4 + 6 = 10 and 6 + 4 = 10.The word ‘commute’ means to move.We can see that moving the positions of 4 and 6 in the sum does not change the answer.To teach the commutative property of addition we can use multilink cubes.We can see that 4 + 6 = 6 + 4 because the cubes are the same length.

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The commutative property of addition simply means that it does not matter in which order we add numbers together.
Subtraction is Not Commutative   ## What is the Commutative Property?

The commutative property simply means that switching the order of the numbers in a calculation does not affect the answer.Addition and multiplication are both commutative. Subtraction and division are not commutative.We can remember that the word ‘commute’ means to move. If moving the numbers in a calculation by switching their places does not affect the answer, then the calculation is commutative.Addition is commutative. For example, 3 + 5 = 8 and 5 + 3 = 8. We can see that 3 × 5 = 5 × 3.The commutative law of multiplication states that a × b = b × a.‘a’ and ‘b’ are just different numbers and the commutative law means that if we switch the order of the numbers in a multiplication, the answer remains the same.    