Create Your Own Operation

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Students will work with mathematical language and apply their understanding of the associative and commutative properties to their own mathematical operation.


  1. Students consider mathematical language for the inputs and outputs of two existing operations.
  2. Next, they try to determine the rules of my operation, the Byrdle.
  3. They create their own operation, including its name, symbol, terms for inputs and outputs, and the rule that it follows.
  4. Does their operation follow the commutative property?
  5. Finally, does their operation follow the associative property?


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