# Numbers can be added in any order

I understand that numbers can be added in any order.

# Numbers can be added in any order

I understand that numbers can be added in any order.

## Slide deck

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- The order we add the addends does not change the sum.
- Addition is commutative.
- Commutative means that we can change the order of the addends and the sum stays the same.

### Common misconception

Pupils perceive the equals sign = as 'where the answer goes' and struggle with writing equations.

Show pupils that the equals sign represents balance and that equations are equal on both sides of the sign. Balance scales can be used.

### Keywords

Addend - A number added to another.

Commutative - Addition is commutative. This means the order of the addends can be changed without changing the calculation or sum.

Equation - An equation is used to show that one number or calculation is equal to another.

Sum - The sum is the total after numbers are added together.

### Licence

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