The mysteries are back! One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! continues the fun. These mysteries have a clever twist—you have to be a super sleuth, tapping into your science wisdom and critical thinking skills to solve them. Each story takes just one minute to read and challenges your knowledge in a variety of science disciplines.
These brainteasers keep you engaged and eager to learn more! Written by the same father-daughter team that brought you the award-winning 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!, this entertaining and educational book is great for kids, grown-ups, educators and anyone who loves good mysteries, good science, or both!
65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!
Product Type Paperback Pages 192 ISBN 978-1-938492-00-6 Dimensions 5.5” x 8.5” Age Range 8-12 Grade Range 4-8 Language English Publication Date November 2012
“This book is a powerful tool for the bilingual community. Whether you are learning English or Spanish, reading and solving these mysteries helps kids develop language skills and makes science accessible. Using real-world scenarios, this book gives kids the vocabulary and confidence they need to succeed in the science classroom. A must read for any bilingual educator or family!”
- Carmen Martínez-Roldán, Professor of bilingual and bicultural education at Columbia University in New York
"Yoder and Yoder are not typical relatives writing this collection of science mysteries. They are a father and daughter writing team. The elementary or middle school "voice" in these stories is most likely a product of Natalie, who began writing this series when she was a middle school student. The short science mysteries are similar to Encyclopedia Brown stories. A pair or trio of students encounter a mystery on one page, and in the format of many "minute mysteries," the explanation is revealed on the next page.
According to the copyright page, the intended audience is 8–12 years old. Besides independent reading opportunities, the format allows the teacher to use these for guided reading or read–aloud challenges. The authors make a smart decision in using a multicultural parade of names, and each story has a new set of characters. Clever titles and black–and–white pictures accompany every story. The witty titles include "Horsing Around," "It's Alien to Me," and "Order in the Courtyard." Finally, the mysteries are arranged according to content area: life sciences, Earth and space science, physical and chemical science, general science, and mysteries that can be solved with math.
Since this book contains engaging, multi–cultural and educational mysteries, it would be a perfect treat in any science or reading classroom.This book is also available in electronic format."
-David Tumbarello, Project Manger in the Department of Family Medicine
"Science teachers will thank you for having this book in your collection! Readers will be lured by the catchy story titles and short mysteries that cover wide variety of science themes in Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical and Chemical Science, and General Science. The science content is woven into the story seamlessly, while keeping the stories to a page length.With the Common Core Standards requiring reading and writing across the subject areas, this book is perfect. The stories provide a wonderful opportunity to use content knowledge and critical thinking skills to construct a response. The captivating stories will encourage even the most reluctant reader. this is a great read for kids who love science as well as a valuable resource for teachers."
— Pamela K. Simmons, Library Media Specialist, Penn Yan, New York Library Media Connection, Recommended
"Apparently, parents are more comfortable talking with their kids about drugs than about science and math. One Minute Mysteries: 65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science is the third title in this award-winning to connect math and science to real life. For those who loved the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, these books harken back to them, though in a shorter format. Kids with inquisitive minds, interest in understanding how things work, or enjoyment of puzzles will be drawn to these quirky stories. Adults, too, might learn a few things, like whether or not all metals are magnetic. An excellent narrative format for learning about nature and how things work!"
-Ryan McAllister, Ph.D., Examiner.com
"These books are some of the most engaging nonfiction books I have ever read! They correlate so well with our science curriculum and the Common Core State Standards. The reason we love them is because they have real-world applications. With Mississippi adopting the new Common Core State Standards, using nonfiction texts is very important. Science, Naturally!’s books are an excellent asset to our teachers' resource libraries!"
—Sonya Smith, Science Field Coordinator, ATOMS2XP (Advancing Teachers of Middle School Science) and IMPACT2 (In-depth Mathematical Practices and Content Teacher Training), Mississippi State, MS
"Why? This book helps kids answer that important question. Filled with kid-centric mini-mysteries and clear and concise solutions, One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Mysteries You Solve With Science encourages kids to think critically about real-life situations. With Next Generation Science Standards on the horizon, this book will be a sure hit in the classroom. An entertaining and educationally-engaging tool for science teachers everywhere!"
—Gail O. Schulte, Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, Instructional Facilitator, Rutherford County Schools, TN
"I have been using your first One Minute Mysteries book as BRAIN activities with my 6th grade science class. It has been such a hit! The students love them because they are challenging—puzzles to be solved with their peers. They compete enthusiastically to solve each mystery before their classmates. I love them because each mystery kick-starts their brains into a critical thinking, problem solving mode in just minutes at the beginning of each class. The scenarios stimulate wonderful scientific debates among my students. They are a fun strategy for the students to apply their science knowledge to real world problems. This next book is as riveting as the original! I look forward to adding it to my classroom resources. Thanks again for creating this wonderful addition to science teaching and learning!"
—Margie Hawkins, 6th grade Science Teacher, Winfree Bryant MS, Lebanon, TN, NSTA STEM Forum & Expo Steering Committee
"These brainteasers are science magic! They help kids extract the important data needed to solve science and logic problems while strengthening and rewarding reading skills. My ten year old grandson devoured the book! He was excited when he knew the solutions and was eager to discover the ones unknown. Clever, entertaining and scientifically educational, readers will learn much from the concise, accurate solutions. There is a wide diversity of topics that children will want to investigate further. A perfect way to have fun with a child or grandchild!"
—Robert Fenstermacher, Ph.D.Robert Fisher Oxnam Professor of Science and Society, Drew University
"Learning how to sort the relevant from the irrelevant in an information-rich environment is how students become critical thinkers. This book is a refreshing gateway into scientific investigation. A perfect bedtime ritual, it triggers dialog between parents and their kids. Just the ticket for families to enjoy together or for keeping the kids stimulated on a long car trip or a rainy afternoon!"
—Thomas Peters, Ed.D., Executive Director South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science, Clemson University
"Wow, I love these! These fabulous little mysteries encourage curiosity, develop critical thinking, promote creativity and, shhh… even allow kids to learn something! The Yoders have really come up with a family-friendly treasure!"
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, mystery author
Winner, Agatha Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award
"Parents, if you’ve wondered how to help your child with science at home, these bite-sized mysteries are a surefire way to stimulate interest and ongoing conversations. This next installment in the series offers 65 additional intriguing and pragmatic science mysteries. These fun brainteasers will resonate with kids
because they spring from their daily lives."
—Jan Mokros, Author, Beyond Facts & Flashcards: Exploring Math with
Your Kids Director, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
"Kids can’t help but love science in this entertaining collection of stories. Each mystery encourages students to begin examining their world with a scientific eye. The mysteries are quick, yet challenging, making them a perfect fit for even the busiest schedule. Try solving just one, but watch out; you might not be able to stop!"
—Matt Bobrowsky, Ph.D., Department of Physics, University of Maryland