F
ind what you are solving for.

Look for the question
mark.

Underline the information
that tells you what you are solving for.

Name the variable
(what you are solving for) with a letter and write it after
the question mark.


A
sk yourself, "What is
the important information?"

 Find the number phrases and circle them.



Write the equation with
the variables and the numbers in the correct order.


Take the
equation and solve it.

Solve the equation and
write the answer.

If you can't solve
the equation, then use "DRAW" to solve it.


D
iscover the variable and the operations.
 Scan the equation and look for operation
signs (+, , x, ÷).
 Circle the operation sign.


R
ead the equation and
combine like terms.

Read the whole
equation out loud.

 For example, numbers
that have the same letter next to them: 6a + 2a + 5 + 2
= 15. Both "6a" and "2a" are like terms.
Also, numbers without letters next to them are like terms
("5" & "2").
 Combine like terms.
 For example, "6a" and
"2a" can be combined (6a + 2a = "8a").
Also, "5" and "2" can be combined (5
+ 2 = "7").
6a + 2a + 5 + 2 = 15 now becomes 8a + 7 = 15.


A nswer
the equation, or draw and check.

See example
of how to draw the solution.


Write
the answer for the variable and check the equation.
 Write the number that represents the answer.
 Substitute your answer for the letter in the original equation.
 For example:
6a + 2a + 5 + 2 = 15
6(1) + 2(1) + 5 + 2 = 15
 Work the problem and see if the left side equals the right
side.
 For example:
6(1) + 2(1) + 5 + 2 = 15
(6 x 1) + (2 x 1) + 5 + 2 = 15
6 + 2 + 5 + 2 = 15
15 = 15

