Backwards Math {Story Problems and Journaling}

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George Polya once stated, "The open secret of real success is to throw your whole personality into your problem."

In the primary years of education, children are like sponges. Their minds are running full force with unique ideas, imaginative stories and great problem-solving approaches. All of what they are learning at this stage of their lives are building blocks for their future years of education and for life. Therefore, let us engrain in their minds the important foundational skill of conceptualization, of how numbers behave, and what numbers mean, so that math could "make sense" to them for years to come.

In this activity packet, students are going to do something untraditional. They are not going to be asked to find an answer to a problem. Instead, they are going to work backwards. They will choose a random task card that does not have a problem on it, but rather an answer. With that answer, students are asked to come up with a story problem. Before they put on their "thinking caps" (their hats backwards), cheer them on by saying "throw your whole personality into your problem"! Once their story problem is presented, they will go to their matching journal page, write down the story problem and draw a picture of what that problem (and answer) represents.

Included in this 51-page activity set are the following:

{26 Alphabetical Task Card Answers}
{26 Journal Pages}
{Journal Cover Sheet}
{Favorite Story Problem Page}

There are endless ways to use "Backwards Math!":

* Math Stations
* Individual Work
* Partner or Group Work
* Homework
* Warm-Ups
* Closers
* Early Finishers
* Extra Enrichment
etc.

You will be shocked at what types of stories your students come up with! I can't wait to hear their responses! In the meantime, keep working on building those strong conceptual skills among your creative thinkers and making sure they get a good grasp of number sense in their critical years of learning!

Note: This packet is not only building upon mathematical skills, but is strengthening vocabulary skills {with the words on the task cards} as well as their writing skills {with the journal pages}.

Color and Black & White pages are included for your convenience.

Happy {Backwards} Problem Solving!
Dimitra
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Backwards Math {Story Problems and Journaling}
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Backwards Math {Story Problems and Journaling}