The key to helping students understand and successfully solve word problems is to help them visualize and make sense of the problem. They need to be able to decide the overall “structure” and determine the relationships involved in any given problem. Participants will learn how to help students close read the word problem, model their thinking, use specific tools such as tape diagrams, the star model, and much more. Participants will have the opportunity to model problems of various structures using tape diagrams and analyze examples of well-labeled tape diagrams. They will be able to explore new mathematical ideas through the use of problem solving.