Math problem solving Strategy Strategy: Seven Steps to Solving Word Problems Appropriate Grade Level: K-6 Procedures/Steps: The “Seven Steps to Solving Word Problems” strategy can be used to solve math word problems with more comprehension and better effectiveness. The seven steps are: Go back to the word problem's question and ask yourself, what are they asking for? Get rid of any extra data. Look for and identify the key words. Identify the essential numbers. Think it through again; what are they asking for? Solve using paper and pencil. Ask yourself, “Does my answer make sense?” Comments and/or tips: This strategy for solving word problems can also be applied to identifying key concepts in word problems from: Science Social studies Language Arts Source: Hoffman, J. (2002). Flexible grouping strategies in the multiage classroom. Theory into Practice, 41, 47-52.