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36 Weeks of Backwards Story Problems for 4th 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 Backward Story Problems 4th 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 a multiplication word problem or division word problem with that answer. They will brainstorm who and what the problem is about, write the multiplication or division word problem, and draw a picture.

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These 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 backward 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 Backward Story Problems 4th 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 a multiplication or division word problem
    • Illustrate their story problem


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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
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.

Melissa C.
36 weeks of backward story problems

I will be using this with my fourth graders in the fall as a warm up to math.

C Webb
A different way of looking at math

I haven't used this yet, but I'm looking forward to introducing it to my daughter next year. I think it will help her see how math applies to daily life. She loves writing and illustrating stories so she should enjoy this assignment.

A fun way to use these is to have her write the story problems and have a sibling or friend solve them. A win-win for everyone involved!

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