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65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! (One Minute Mysteries) [Paperback]

Eric Yoder , Natalie Yoder

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Science Naturally!; 1 edition (31 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967802008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967802008
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.6 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teaching kids word problems... 14 April 2010
By Patrick E. McKnight - Published on
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My son loves math but he struggles with word problems. His struggles come from not knowing which mathematical operation to apply to the problem. Most books only offer problems isolating a single operation and grill the operation in successive problems. This book fills a niche by providing open-ended problems that lead kids to think through all options and to apply those options in a systematic way. I wish I had this book when I were young; it might have given me a better grasp of applying mathematical operations to more real-world problems. If you want your kid to have more exposure to word problems then give this book a try. The book is not expensive and offers a lot for the low price tag. Finally, my son recommends it and gave it a 5-star rating and I agree with his rating.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept 16 Nov 2012
By busymama - Published on
I was excited to check this book out of the library for my 9.5 year old son. He is in 4th grade and is in accelerated math and doing well. That being said, he does not, by any means love math (as I do). I am always looking for creative ways to get him to appreciate the beauty of math, to have fun with it, to see the puzzles and logic inherent in it. We loved "Games for Math" by Peggy Kaye when he was a little younger, the Code Breakers books (essentially algebra) by Mindware, the Perplexors by Mindware, etc. So I had high hopes for this. I thumbed through it, reading several of the mysteries to see if it would be something I could give him to do on his own or something that I should work through with him and was disappointed to see that it seemed much too advanced for him. He is only 3 months shy of the recommended age range, has a math loving mom who engages him in math activities at home, and is in accelerated math at school, but I didn't feel like he'd be able to do much of it completely on his own. I was hoping for problems he could solve using mental math - envisioning the way the numbers work in his head, understanding number properties, using logic and reasoning. Instead, the first puzzle requires him to calculate miles per hour using mile markers 148 and 64 and the times 12:13pm and 1:33pm. While I can work that out in my head, I'm sure he'd have to write it out to get the miles of 84 and the time 80 minutes and then he'd probably do the actual long division which he wouldn't actually NEED to do to be able to answer the question: were they speeding if the speed limit was 55 mph ? So I know that I will do it with him, so I can show him the simplicity in reasoning it out at that stage (How many miles could you go in 80 minutes if you're going 60 miles per hour ? (80) Okay so if they went 84 instead of 80, does that mean they're going faster than 60 or slower than 60 ? (faster). So, if the speed limit were 55, were they speeding )? The second one requires the child to think through probability. The third requires them to figure out least common multiples to be able to do a recipe that calls for 2/3 a cup when you only have a 3/4 cup measuring cup. I think this book might be perfect for him to do in 5th grade (or possibly 6th), and I have high hopes for using it WITH HIM when he's ready as I think it's important to show children how to use math, how to reason with math, how to do the most efficient math possible to MAKE DECISIONS rather than just how to do tedious calculations. I'm sure some kids who are naturally quantitatively inclined are able to do this in 3rd grade as the recommended age range says (3rd to 6th), but for us, I think the upper end of that range is more accurate.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "must have" for parents and teachers 23 Mar 2010
By L. Gonella - Published on
Kudos to Eric and Natalie Yoder for creating another fabulous book. The first book, 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Science, became part of our family bedtime ritual. Me and my two sons, 9 and 13 years old, get in bed and take turns reading the mysteries and try to see who can figure out the solution first. This second book came just in time since we had exhausted all 65 mysteries of the first book. Each story is unique and interesting for children and parents alike. Teachers, this is a great resource if you have 10-15 minutes extra time in the day. It will keep the children interested and teach them to apply the concepts you are teaching in school. It is also a great gift idea - much better than plastic toys nobody ever plays with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Grandkid Gift 15 Nov 2013
By Daniel A. Habel - Published on
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A great book for my grandson age 12. He got right on it. I felt he could learn from it and he did. Good buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good for middle schoolers and upper elementary 11 Jun 2013
By Ruth M. Brandon - Published on
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A fancy way to rename written math problems but pretty well done - those who like math will find it fun - not sure if it will connect with the others - all who pursue it will find some fun tricks and new ways math indeed is in everyday life
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