Doesn’t everyone love to see their names in print? For decades, I've put my students' names into word problems. It's funny...they get a paper, some of them look at it, and then the whispers start: "Hey! This has your name in it!" "There's MY name!" "Mr. Murray, did YOU write these?!" All of a sudden they're interested in word problems.
The problems include fillable fields, so you can insert the names of your students and other people in your school. You type the name in the first field, and the other fields requiring that name autofill. Same with personal pronouns, so you can write problems with either girls’ or boys’ names. The teaching notes include detailed instructions on how to do this, but it’s quite simple.
These pages have two sets of word problems: 8 pages of single-step addition and subtraction problems, and 6 pages of 2-step problems. Most of the problems require regrouping. All numbers are within 100, and most are within 60 to take advantage of a number line that is on each page to facilitate counting up or back as a solution strategy.