Looking for an activity or lesson to help improve your student’s ability to think mathematically? Is the answer more important than the "process?" Here in this activity is a strategy that I used to get my students through the process of problem solving. The exercise within these pages have been used by me as a group classroom instruction directing the student into the “thought process” needed to be successful in learning mathematics. After introducing the student to the process, the student can complete other pages as a classroom assignment or at home. The process begins with a problem for the student to find a solution. In a classroom discussion or brainstorming form the student then separates the problem into the categories provided. “What is given in this problem, what are we trying to achieve (the result), what strategy should be used to arrive at the solution, and what hints are necessary to make our strategy work” begins the problem solving process. The concept of “hints” asks the student to guess, estimate, or simply try some previously learned method or operation in mathematics to arrive at their solution. The student uses the hint provided to arrive at the answer. I have used this technique with 9th through 12th graders in the standard math classes as well as basic skills courses. One possible solution is provided. The activities make a good lesson for Basic skills students as well as preparing your student’s for State testing.