Story problems can be a real bummer to kids. First they might struggle to read the story, then they have to decide if they should add or subtract to find the answer and then finally write the right equation to match it. This activity might help your students find the correct equation to match the story. I hope with repeated practice they will improve.
There are 24 different problems, some adding, some subtracting, some even could repeat addition or multiply. There is a recording sheet if you want them to write their answers down. You could also just practice these in a small group or it can be an independent math center activity too.
The clip art is from Ashley Hughes and Melon Headz.