This is a work mat that my students use to guide them through word problems. They have laminated copies so that the mat can be reused. It begins with note taking to help them break apart what the problem is asking them to solve. I allow them to use this during independent practice, whole group practice, and I use it during my small group math time. It works with most math word problems, but I do use a separate mat for elapsed time problems!
I've included a blank copy of the mat and two copies with example word problems. You can put your own word problem on the page and use these as practice as well. I hope you find this as helpful as I do! Thanks!! :)