So here is my lesson and how we solve word problems:
Step One: What is the problem asking?
a. underline important information
b. circle key words
Step Two: Decide what key words mean: make notes!
Step Three: Solve: write and show equations, draw pictures
2. I then gave each student a copy of this word problem (click to retrieve printable)
3. We proceded to go through each step using our notes and the word problem in the interactive note taking way: for each step the students used a different colored pencil. They would box the step with that colored pencil, then using the same color follow that step.
4. I then gave each student their own word problem (got them from TPT, click here to see), and card stock
5. They had specific directions as to how to complete their word problem.