My Algebra students struggle with solving word problems. I found that using the acronym RULES really helped them keep things straight. The steps are:
R- read the problem
U - underline the question
L - line up a plan
E - evaluate
S - sense?
This powerpoint goes through RULES and an example problem.
There is guided notes sheet available in my TpT store that follows the powerpoint and has more examples to do as guided practice.