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Find math solutions to real problems!  


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!


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 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, 



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)

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. (Perla Myers Teaching Children Mathematics, October, 2012, Vol. 19, No. 3, p.207)

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! (Clay Kaufman, Co-Director Head of School., The Siena School, Silver Spring, MD)

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!(Rachel Connelly, Ph.D., Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME)

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? (Margaret Kenda, Ph.D., Author of Math Wizardry for Kids)

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...! (Michael E. Burns, AIA, Architect for Capital Projects, George Washington University)

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! (Patrick Farenga, Co-Author of Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling)

  • Paperback  176 pages
  • Publisher: by Eric Yoder, Natalie Yoder (July 12, 2009)
  • ASIN: B0050VDS1W

65 Short (One Minute) Mysteries You Solve with Math

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