From the Publisher
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.
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!
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!
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...!
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 problemsnot 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!
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!
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!
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 lifenot 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