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Public Education Educator Resources Multiplication Stories

Learning Objective

Students will be able to write multiplication word problems.


Grade Levels



Common Core Standard

Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.


Materials Needed

Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Computer with internet access for teacher




  • Read the story Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman.
  • Ask students to identify the problem in the story. (i.e. Katie loves the new kittens that her family brings home, but she is so excited that it scares the kittens away. They don’t want to play with her and it makes her sad).
  • Tell your students that they will be coming up with math story problems using books.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling

  • Explain that math can be put into story problems.
  • Create a math problem using the story Katie Loves the Kittens.
  • Example: Katie loves the 3 kittens that live in her house. She plays with each of them 2 times a day. How many times a day does she play with kittens? (3 x 2=6)

Guided Practice and Independent Working Time

  • Read the book Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion.
  • Ask students to work with a partner to come up with a word problem using the story.
  • Have students read the story “4 Paws, 4 Wheels, 50 States” from AKC Family Dog: Article
  • Have them create a word problem using information from the article.

Review and Closing

  • Have students share their math story with the class.
  • Tell the students that all of the stories we read today were about dogs. What did the dogs in the stories have in common? What made them different?
  • Ask other students to determine the answers to others’ word problems.


McIvor, C. (2016, September). 4 Paws, 4 Wheels, 50 States. AKC Family Dog, pages 3-4. Retrieved from