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This lesson is great practice for your students in discovering the unknown (variable), solving 1 and 2 step algebra equations, and relating algebra to the real world. There are 15 real world situations that ask students to identify the variable, write an equation to represent the situation, and then to finally solve each equation. An answer key is provided as well as an Equation Bank that you can use depending on the background knowledge of your students. X is mostly used as the variable, but other letters are also introduced so that the students do not assume only X can be used. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations are all represented, as well as both 1 and 2 step. I've also purposefully written the equations so that the variable is in different locations to ensure that the students do not think all equations look the same. Notes for solving algebraic equations are included also.