Have you ever used the TIPS idea from the ADD sheets? (I think ADD stands for Arithmetic Done Daily, or something similar) Our district uses these exercises that were copied 3 per page as morning work or review in math and each exercise has a word problem at the bottom.

We teach the kids to set up all word problems in the TIPS format:

Process: First, read the problem twice, once out loud and once in your mind. Then underline the key word(s) that tell you which operation you think you will use (+,-,x).

Fill out the TIPS outline:

T (Thought) = Operation you will use

I ( Information) = numbers that are given in the problem that are needed to solve it

P (Plan) = write the number sentence (ex.: 34 + 23 = ?)

S (Solution) = write the solution including the unit

This really works for my kids.