# Trivial Pursuits and Algebraic Models

Use this one-day lesson as an introduction to solving word problems. The teacher’s download explains that the manipulative activity requires students to set up and solve problems which use linear equations. Emphasis is on encouraging algebraic thinking. The student download has the instructions of what to do with each problem. Part of the experience of this lesson is whether the student can follow instructions. This is a great group activity that fosters mathematical discussion.

*courtesy of **Knovation*