STEP 1: Identify the request.
What does the problem ask for?
STEP 2: Respond to the request.
STEP 3: Generate the result.
For more problems like this see the excellent set provided by Neufeld & Associates. The site also presents basic exercises in converting words to equations. Neufeld & Associates also provides interactive Math Programs for grade 6-10 on Windows and Macintosh platforms. These resources are widely used.