My students really struggled with two-step word problems. I came up with this 15-page resource to guide them through the steps of breaking down the problem into manageable pieces.
The students begin by filling out, "What the answer looks like" using their words. For example, they would write, "Ducks in the pond + new ducks - scared ducks = total ducks left in the pond." Then, they move on to simply plug in the numbers and solve the problem!
This has done wonders to help my students break-down these big, scary problems on their own. They make great sheets to use in small groups, centers, homework, quizzes, and for differentiation.
Aligned to CCSS.3.OA.D.8