This is a set of 2 activity sheets that use a minimum amount of text so that students can engage in solving word problems without the obstacle of decoding dull sentences. The problems are tricky not because of the wording, but because a) there is "interleaving," which means that depending on the problem, the student may have to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. In addition, some of the division problems have remainders that have to be interpreted.
There are 4 problems per page, for a total of 16 different problems. Each sheet is "themed" with either spinners and boxes or kumquats and boxes. The reason I did this is so that the vocabulary is familiar and your students don't have to "content swap" between the problems, so that they can focus on understanding each individual situation.
I also made variations on each of the different situations; that is, instead of subtraction always being about "removal" or "take away," there are subtraction problems that are comparison, missing subtrahend and missing minuend. You don't know what these are? Good!
There is also an answer key so you don't have to work these out for yourselves! This is also a good assessment tools for evaluating how well your students can solve word problems, because the language is so minimal.