This is an engaging activity for students to practice multi step solving of algebraic equations. I call it "How Hot Can You Handle?" Included in the problems here are combining like terms, variables on both sides, and the distributive property.
Students start at the bottom and complete the "mild" row of problems. Then either the teacher can check or students can compare their answers to a key. After they correctly solve a row they can move up to the next level of difficulty. I call mine "medium" and "flamin' hot."