Direct Instruction templates for K-3 common core word or story problems in the basic four categories. The categories include “Add to” also called “Join,” “Take from” also called “Separate,” “Compare”, and Part Part Whole. Each category presents the unknown or mystery number in different parts of the story problem. The 14 templates here are great for Direct Instruction. The amounts are blank so the teacher can quickly “pencil in” any amount appropriate for their direct instruction group and practice any story problem format at the drop of a hat. The vocabulary is simplified and repetitive, which is a great way to focus on the procedures involved to solve for the mystery number. The templates can also be used a references to solve homework problems. Circle Guided Practice, Independent Practice, or Homework.