To get one of my students interested in math, I had him bring his Pokemon cards to school and write math word problems using the characters and information. After writing the problems, which also included an additional ABC order section and draw your favorite character, I typed them and made copies for all my students to complete as a homework assignment. The student that made up the problems checked the papers and returned them to the class. This student is ready to do more and has loads of volunteers eager to assist. Email me if you'd like a copy of the worksheet.