This student represented the multiplication problem with an array and used the array to help him solve the problem.
This student drew out the groups to help her solve. I also love how she clearly labeled the trays to keep things organized.
This student used the combination of an array and skip counting.
And the last example used repeated addition. Love how he summed it up at the end after showing his work.
Those are just a few examples. When students are done independently solving, I pick a few to share their work with the class under the document camera. This gives them a chance to explain their thinking and also learn from each other. Story problems are done at least once a week in my classroom so that whole word problem fear is nonexistent. My kids actually enjoy doing them!
Do you use story problems to teach math?