One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math!

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These aren't your ordinary mysteries! One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! challenges readers of all ages to become Super sleuths. These fun mysteries are each one minute long and have a unique twist-you need to tap into your mathematical wisdom to solve them. Plus, they will help you figure out the greatest mystery of all?why you actually need the skills you learned in math class!

Written by the same father/daughter team who brought you the ...

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Overview

These aren't your ordinary mysteries! One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! challenges readers of all ages to become Super sleuths. These fun mysteries are each one minute long and have a unique twist-you need to tap into your mathematical wisdom to solve them. Plus, they will help you figure out the greatest mystery of all?why you actually need the skills you learned in math class!

Written by the same father/daughter team who brought you the award-winning One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!, this entertaining and educational book is easy to use at home, in school, or in the car. This book is the perfect solution for any kid, parent, or educator who loves good mysteries, good math, or both!

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Editorial Reviews

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Few things zap the fun out of math quicker than a worksheet full of numbers. The mysteries in 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math are word problems that stress cross-curricular reading comprehension, Core Curriculum focused real-world application and a hint of out-of-the-box thinking. They engage students and make math fun!
--Think Teachers Magazine; January 2014
January 2014 Think Teachers Magazine
Few things zap the fun out of math quicker than a worksheet full of numbers. The mysteries in 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! are word problems that stress cross-curricular reading comprehension, Core Curriculum focused real-world application and a hint of out-of-the-box thinking. They engage students and make math fun!
Teaching Children Mathematics, October, 2012, Vol. 19, No. 3, p.207 - Perla Myers
Math resources are no mystery! This father-daughter team has created a charming collection of one minute stories that describe real-life situations where mathematical thinking can be helpful. Characters matter-of-factly invoke mathematics to address all sorts of scenarios. Some present clever ways to estimate, other stories dispel common misconceptions. The mysteries are enticing and often have an unexpected twist. They are relevant, everyday situations, and children can likely picture themselves in similar circumstances. Anticipate that students will turn to their mathematical toolboxes to tackle their challenges.
Clay Kaufman
Math truly is the star of One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! The Yoders have created a multitude of real-life situations with solutions that would make Encyclopedia Brown jealous. Parents and students will enjoy the fun situations, and math teachers will appreciate the serious math behind the solutions. You’ll be inspired to start thinking up your own math situations before you know it!
Rachel Connelly
Many kids equate math with drudgery, but this book skillfully meshes humor and excitement with challenging problems. While kids have fun and solve the mysteries, they actually develop important deductive reasoning skills that they will use throughout their lives. One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! helps kids discover and experience the joys of math!
Margaret Kenda
Keep this book around, and take a moment each day to solve a math mystery puzzle. Yoder and Yoder, a talented father-daughter team, have managed a fine variety of high-energy math stories— from breakfast cereal to a pet iguana, from hula-hoops to the no-longer-planet Pluto. The mysteries are entertaining, and you’ll speed along, solving mysteries and sharpening your math skills. What could be more fun?
Michael E. Burns
What a fantastic way to introduce the application of math to the real world! I’ve always loved math and, as an architect, I know how applicable it is to the constructed world. But, for my kids, math is not intuitive. One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! engagingly introduces the language of math: fractions, geometry, and algebra. Better than a DVD player for the family van...!
Patrick Farenga
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! is a fun way to get people thinking about math as a way to find solutions to real problems—not just those you see on a standardized test. These mysteries are the perfect bridge to help the math-phobic embrace the subject as a fun, human endeavor rather than a school chore. Get this book for your children and give them a chance to love math!
Ryan McAllister
Math often gets a bad rap for being hard and unpleasant. Mysteries, on the other hand, are fun and exciting. The joy of One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! is that each mystery is a math problem in a lively context. Readers get to use their logic and reasoning skills while playing Sherlock Holmes! What a clever way to help young mathematicians hone their sleuthing skills!
Cheryl L. Stadel-Bevans
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! is a fun and exciting approach to word problems! The mysteries in the book are entertaining, but their real value is in presenting math concepts and quandaries that are approachable, learnable and solvable. A perfect tool to laugh your way to knowledge!
Jacob Weiser
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! is almost as cool as video games! Really! My dad and I started reading problems while walking to school every morning. Then, we talk about them at dinner before checking the answers. The stories are things that could actually happen to me. They lead to some pretty interesting conversations with my parents. I totally recommend this book for other families!
Marion Babcock
Math is a big priority in our household, so it is really important for me to have examples of how it is actually used. This book uses real life examples and gives thorough explanations. The nuts-and-bolts of need-to-know math will serve the middle school student well in life—not only on standardized tests. It is also a great refresher course for parents who have lost touch with their own math skills.
Jennifer G. Martin
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! is a wonderful resource for teachers who want to provide real-life math problems for their students. Each story problem is conveyed in a one-page format that asks the reader to draw a conclusion. The stories provide an insightful look into how math can be applied in the real world. Problems include discovering how much it would cost to either replace a book at the library or pay the late fees; the score you would need to win a gymnastics meet; and how to modify a recipe to accommodate a large group of people. Bonus sections include five extra math mysteries and five science mysteries. Most of the problems require higher-order thinking and may be difficult for students to complete independently. My sixth-grade classes worked in small groups with this book, which helped the students work toward a solution. Some of the stories are slightly fanciful, but they are completely math based and do not lend themselves to giving students the answer. I believe that the book would have been more coherent and beneficial for teachers if the stories had been better organized. Rather than arranged by story line, the stories could have been organized by concept (i.e., algebraic reasoning, geometry, probability, and so on). Overall this book can provide intriguing, useful, and challenging problems for a variety of students.
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
There's no doubt that most parents shudder when they hear the phrase, "arithmetic word problem," and remember staring at something like, "If Johnny walks five miles an hour and Sally walks three..." This new book by the Yoder father-daughter team, however, puts the whole concept of math word problems in a new light. They present 65 short mysteries that call upon readers to use math skills to solve them. Each mystery is presented on two pages. The first page describes a math problem faced by girls, boys, or family members. The second page shows how they arrived at a solution, and contains a photograph related to the subject. All of the mysteries have an engaging narrative theme that emphasizes the fact that math skills are necessary for everyday life. The narratives, as well as the titles, are clever and are sure to bring smiles to readers' faces. This is not a book that one wants to read straight through. Instead, it would be an excellent adjunct textbook for teachers, or a reference book for parents interested in working on math skills with their children. The book has definite appeal for children who are good readers but who may need work on their math skills. It also, however, may be especially beneficial for children who already love math but are not that interested in reading, since in this book, you have to read to find out what the math problems and solutions are. This book is part of the "One Minute Mysteries" series, and a word of caution is necessary: while it may take the reader only one minute to read a word problem, it will probably take longer than that for most people to figure out the answer. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Short brain teasers in story form demand logical thinking and the use of math to solve a mystery. Each selection is written on one page with the solution and a black-and-white illustration on the back. The problems vary in the level of math ability required to solve them. Teachers or parents could use this collection as brainstorming ideas or time fillers when something quick is needed to bring kids to focus on something together. The selections would be best read aloud. Settings include home, the outdoors, sports fields, and camp.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967802008
  • Publisher: Platypus Media, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/25/2010
  • Series: One Minute Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 215,191
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductions

Why I Wrote This Book-Eric 11

Why I Wrote This Book-Natalie 13

Math at Home 15

1 Heavy Toll 17

2 Roll of the Dice 19

3 Pancake Mix-up 21

4 In Hot Water 23

5 Flooring Them 25

6 Compounding His Interest 27

7 Setting the Date 29

8 Corralling the Problem 31

9 It's a Gas 33

10 Cover Up 35

11 Cereal Numbers 37

12 Toss-up 39

13 Seeing the Light 41

14 All Wound Up 43

15 Getting the Point 45

Math Outside 47

16 Raking their Brains 49

17 A Measured Response 51

18 Lawn Ranger 53

19 Tall Tale 55

20 Don't Fence Me In 57

21 Slow Boat 59

22 Stepping Up to the Challenge 61

23 Getting a Lift 63

24 Shoe on the Other Foot 65

25 The Hole Truth 67

26 In the Deep End 69

27 A Ton of Trouble 71

28 Go Take a Hike 73

29 Chute the Works 75

30 How Much Wood? 77

Math at Play 79

31 Jumping Through Hoops 81

32 Ace of Clubs 83

33 A Slice of Life 85

34 A Perfect 10 87

35 Cutting Corners 89

36 Net Result 91

37 Capture the Difference 93

38 Way to Go 95

39 Hit Parade 97

40 Miniature Math 99

41 Calling Long Distance 101

42 Luck of the Draw 103

43 Head Over Heels 105

44 Batter Up 107

45 Doing Swimmingly 109

Math Every Day 111

46 Rows and Columns 113

47 Sweet Solution 115

48 Driving Them Crazy 117

49 Cold-Blooded Calculation 119

50 Ups and Downs 121

51 Yuck Around the Clock 123

52 Mixing It Up 125

53 String Theory 127

54 Product Placement 129

55 Coupon Rate 131

56 Turning Up the Volume 133

57 Down to the Last Drop 135

58 A Fan of Keeping Cool 137

59 Overdue Blues 139

60 Paper Chase 141

Bonus Section: Five More Minutes of Mysterious Math! 143

1 Ice Cream, Anyone? 145

2 Puttin' on the Hits 147

3 And They Call This a Fair? 149

4 Cold as Ice 151

5 A Switch in Time 153

Discover One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! 155

1 Pumpkin Patch 157

2 Stuck with the Mud 159

3 Freeze Fall 161

4 Left in the Dark 163

5 Occupational Hazards 165

Index 168

Photo and Illustration Credits 170

About the Authors 171

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