I often found, like many of us I suspect, that while my students were capable of performing mathematical operations, they struggled with word problems. The blank, uncomprehending stare, even after countless examples and modeling, was frustrating both for me and my students. I created a word problem sort in order to give them exposure to many types of word problems. Rather than asking them to solve the problems, my students were only required to read and analyze them for meaning, sorting them based on the necessary operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division). We had a lot of fun discussing and debating our reasoning. Rather than worrying about whether they had the right answer, they were able to focus on analysis, communicating their thinking, and friendly debate.