This is an easy way to help students organize their math thinking. It can be used for one or two step addition and subtraction story problems with answers up to 20. Simply write a story problem for students to solve and demonstrate how to use the boxes. The number line is one more tool for them to show their thinking as well as having the ability to check their answer.
Be sure to check out my Basic Addition Story Problems as well. This pack features 20 word problems of varying difficulty utilizing this template.
If you're looking for a template to aid with more sophisticated story problems (within 100) check out my math story problem template.