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36 Weeks of Backwards Story Problems for 1st Grade PRINTABLE


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Get kids thinking deeper about math by learning how to write a story problem… backwards! Our 36 Weeks of Backwards Story Problems for 1st Grade 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 Backwards Story Problems for 1st Grade, including 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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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Sophie Peer
Story Problems

Working with GT students next year, excited to use them for more creative thinking!

Linda Muir
Can’t wait for School to Start

I’m looking forward to use this product with my class in the fall. I have been using it this summer with my grandson give him confidence moving into second grade.

Sandy Joiner
1st grade 5 stars

I've been looking at the resource for the fall. So far, I really like it.

Amy Smart
Satisfied - Great practice creating multiple equations for same number

These provide students the opportunity to create lists of equations that equal a given number and then turn those into a math story problem and a written short story (which is a nice writing connection). Each week is broken down into day sections so students can do just one part at a time.

Having purchased the multi-level bundle means I can differentiate for my students as needed while providing the same ultimate format for everyone.

Jennifer Anderson
Backwards Story Problems

I realized that my students could benefit from more practice throughout the year with backwards story problems. I am planning for the new school year and I love that I can add this terrific resource to my weekly plans. I think the resource is simple and clean and will be a hit with my students!

A fun thing one teacher did was have the students come up with the story problems and then pass them around for another student to solve them... a definite win/win!

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