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36 Weeks of Backwards Story Problems for 1st Grade GOOGLE + PRINTABLE


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Get kids thinking deeper about math by learning how to write a story problem… backwards! Our 36 Weeks of 1st Grade Story Problems should take no longer than a few minutes each day, so they are easy to fit into your schedule while packing a powerful punch! 

Kids are given an answer and follow the steps to write addition and subtraction word problems with that answer. They will brainstorm who and what the problem is about, write the addition or subtraction word problem, and draw a picture.

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These 1st grade story problems can be used as morning work, exit tickets, homework, no-prep warm-ups, enrichment, and more! This is also a great purchase for parents and homeschoolers who want to improve their children’s creative problem-solving skills from home.


Each backwards story problem contains five steps that can be completed daily throughout the week. However, you may choose to complete all five steps in one day if you prefer.


Our 36 Weeks of 1st Grade Story Problems, include the following steps for how to write a story problem:

  • Write equations they can think of that equal the answer given
  • Brainstorm WHO and WHAT topic ideas for their word problem 
  • Using an equation from the first step, draft a story problem including the WHO and WHAT 
  • Compose a short story that incorporates their math equation into an addition or subtraction word problem
  • Illustrate their story problem


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