The associative property of multiplication can be a tough skill to grasp. I wanted my students to see how the associative property works. This graphic organizer flip book worked perfectly!
This was in a center to do independently and all of my students ended up understanding this by the end.
First, they roll the dice 3 times. These 3 rolls gives them the 3 numbers for their math multiplication problem.
Next they place the parentheses by flip flopping them from the first 2 numbers to the last 2 numbers. I actually had them glue on macaroni noodles, but they aren't shown here.
Last, they figure out the problem and write the magic number in the middle between the 2 flaps to open and reveal the number. This shows how both of the problems have the same answer.