Michelle's Integer Story

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Once upon a time there was this very busy girl named Crystal. She was one very busy person. Everyday she had to go to her new work, take care of her kids, make dinner, and stay up late doing all of the extra things she had to do. So she wasn't the kind of person that would get alot of sleep. So one day, she went to work, took care of her kids, made dinner, and she actually got to sleep way more than she usually does. She was so tired and happy that she got to sleep at 9:30 pm. When she laid down on her bed, she immediately fell asleep. Usually she just sleeps right in not remembering what she had dreamed, this time she did remember every single thing she dreamed.

It all started with white clouds. Then, some kind of Angel appeared, her name was Annie. She started to talk to Crystal by saying "Hello Crystal, my name is Annie." Crystal was very confused, she didn’t know what was going on. So she responded by saying “Uhm, hi?” Annie knew that Crystal was very confused but she just kept on talking. “I have a task for you, You know that great big silver building there?” Annie pointed to the silver building. “Yeah?” Crystal said confused. “Well if you can answer these four integer questions, using a number line for one integer question, pictures for the second integer question, words for the third integer question, and the fourth integer question will be a surprise. If you answer all of these questions correctly, you may get all the sleep you can get for every single day as you wish and still get all the things that you need to get done.” Crystal was very confident that she will get all these questions right because she always does them at work. So she responded, “Yes of course I would love to answer the questions! I really need all the sleep I can get!” So Annie thought that Crystal could do it, she really wanted to help her as much as she can. So Annie began to give Crystal her first integer question. “Solve this question using a number line.” Annie handed Crystal the piece of paper, the equation was (+5) + (+5) = ?. Crystal knew right away what was the answer so she wrote quickly the answer on the number line. That said:

She handed the piece of paper to Annie. “Very well done Crystal, you are one step closer to the big silver building where you will get all the sleep you will get.” Crystal was proud of herself and was eager to get the second piece of paper. Annie handed it to her “Here is your second integer equation, solve this question using pictures!” The piece of paper wrote “(+3) + (-5) =?” Crystal knew it right away she knew she had to take away all the zero pairs so she wrote: and handed it to Annie. Annie was impressed and said “Very well done! Now, here’s your last integer question, you MUST solve it using WORDS”. Annie handed Crystal the piece of paper and it wrote “(+6) + (-3) =?” Crystal thought it was a piece of cake. She remembered what her junior high math teacher Mr. Harbeck taught her. So she wrote down her answer and she put: then handed it to Annie. Annie started to shake her head like she was so proud of Crystal. " Perfect! Now, here's the surprise question, you must make your OWN integer question!" Crystal thought it was really easy so she did what she needed to do.
“Great job! Now, here’s the key to the big silver building. Once you get there, there will be a bed there, all you have to do is lay down on the bed and dream that you are getting the sleep that you need every night”. Crystal began to say “Thank you so much Annie! I hope we see each other again some time!” Crystal started to run as fast as she can until she was right in front of the big silver building. She was really excited and opened the door as fast as she could, she saw the bed and did what Annie told her to do. She was hoping that everything would turn out what she thought would be but once she actually woke up .. something happened that shouldn't of happen.


She woke up and there was this OTHER angel standing there. He didn't talk what so ever in the beginning. He just held up signs with integer equations. Only this time it was subtracting. Crystal knew right away that she had to solve the equation. He gave her a piece of paper. The equation was (+6) - (+8). She started to solve the equation by a method that her junior high math teacher Mr.Harbeck taught her. Crystal came up with:

The angel skimmed through the paper and gave her a thumbs up. She then handed Crystal another sheet of paper of an integer equation. Only this time it was much longer and confusing. Crystal again used a method that Mr. Harbeck taught her. The equation was -7 - (-5) - (5) +8. She saw the zero pair and started to write down her answer. This is what she came up with this time:

The angel was every impressed. She started to talk very fast that Crystal didn't even get to ask what her name was. The angel said " Good job Crystal. Annie just wanted to test you if you really knew your integers because she said that it is going to help you in the long run. Well, once i pinch you, you are going to officially wake up and you will have your normal day and you will get as much sleep as you want. In the count of three. 1, 2, 3" POOF! Crystal had a huge headache and didnt remember ANYTHING that she had dreamed. Her headache was bugging her so much that she couldn't go to work. Everything was JUST a dream that did not come true (sadly). But in the future, she quit her job because she wanted more time with her family and more sleep. She found a new job and is settle in with that one. Crystal still continues to do integer equations in her spare time. Until this day, she hadnt rememberd anything from that dream.



  1. Frank 9-05 said...

    What a suspense story. Good Job!

    October 29, 2008 at 9:24 PM  

  2. Anonymous said...

    I like your story michelle! GOOD JOB! (: But you need to make indents and make a new paragraph or press enter when there's someone talking. But everything else is very well done. GOOD JOB AGAIN! (:

    November 2, 2008 at 6:13 PM  

  3. krissia9-05 said...

    Hey Michelle good job :) I really like you story and yeah I don't really know what to say about yur story but it was really creative though :)

    November 2, 2008 at 8:18 PM  

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