In Algebra this week, we are using the theme of "Pirate Treasure" to be able to solve a problem for x. First off, Mr. Erickson rolled out a number line mat with palm trees and integers on it. On one of the sections, a Post-It was stuck. The only way to find the "treasure" was to solve the problem backwards using inverse operations and the number line itself. After two volunteers, Mr. Erickson rolled the mat back up, and gave each table individual problems and a mini number line. Then we split into two teams. In my group, everyone got everything right except for the girls team missed one problem, so the boys won. Mr. Erickson taught the lesson of "solve for x" by using a creative scenario that we needed to apply the lesson to.