1. You need a word problem. 2. Read the whole problem through to the end. 3. Read the problem a second time highlighting, circling or taking notes of the important information. 4.What is the Problem asking for. 5.Write in words how to solve the problem. 6. Write an equation to solve the problem. 7. Substitute the information from 3 into the equation. 8. Solve using the Order of Operations. 9. Check to make sure you answered the question that was asked.