It’s not that parents don’t recognize that math and science are critical
to their child’s future success, but when it comes down to actually doing something — that’s where they’re lacking. What parents need is help in connecting school learning to the real world in a way that children relate to and that inspires them to learn more.
One father/daughter team found an inventive way to incorporate science and math into their lives—and share it with the rest of us. Their One Minute Mysteries books spark excitement about science and math. And now… the newest one is hot off the press!
That’s right… the mysteries are back!
One Minute Mysteries: 65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science (http://www.sciencenaturally.com/
Each story takes just one minute to read and challenges the reader’s knowledge in a variety of science disciplines. The brainteasers can be used as independent reading for kids, a guessing game for families, a springboard for school projects, a bell ringer for teachers, or an assessment tool for science knowledge and literacy. Educators, in grades 4-8, embrace the mysteries because they help kids extract the important data needed to solve science and logic problems while strengthening and rewarding reading skills.
Robert Fenstermacher, Ph.D., Science & Society Professor at Drew University was one of the first to read this book. His assessment: “These brainteasers are science magic!”
Hank Phillippi Ryan, winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity mystery writing awards, couldn’t agree more, “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!”
Written by the same award-winning father/daughter team that created 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! (http://www.sciencenaturally.com/
Kids, ages 8-12, devour the science mysteries, but what makes them so perfect for spurring on family discussions is that parents love solving them too. They help families feel closer while making science less scary and more real. Thomas Peters, Ed. D., Executive Director, South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science, explains: “These mysteries are just the ticket for families to enjoy together or for keeping the kids stimulated on a long car trip or a rainy afternoon!
The content in all Science, Naturally! books correlates with the math and science standards laid out by the National Academies. The American Association for the Advancements of Science, the Carnegie Academy for Science Education, and Science Magazine recommend these books for growing young scientists. They have been selected as Finalists in the National Best Book Awards and National Parenting Publications Awards. The authors have been guests several times on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday.” Clay Kaufman, Co-Director of Siena School, sums it up when he says, “The Yoders have created a multitude of real-life situations with solutions that would make Encyclopedia Brown jealous!”
Eric Yoder is a writer and editor on science, government, law, business, sports and other topics. He is a reporter at The Washington Post who also does freelance writing and editing. This is his third book written with his daughter. He lives in Arlington, VA.
Natalie Yoder was in middle school when she worked with her dad on the first book, she was in high school for the second, and is now a sophomore in college studying communications.
Science, Naturally! is an independent press located in Washington, DC, committed to increasing science and math literacy. Their books, booklets and apps are designed to help readers gain a better understanding of how science and math affect everyday life. All of their titles have earned the coveted “NSTA Recommends” designation by the National Science Teachers’ Association and their math books have all been endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Science, Naturally! titles are available to the book trade through National Book Network.
Review copies available upon request. Sample mysteries, cover scans, and the articulation of the standards are available on our website.
One Minute Mysteries: 65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!
Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder
Paperback ISBN 10: 1-9384920-0-
January 2013 ● 180 Pages ● $9.95
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1 Survey Shows Parents Would Rather Talk Drugs Than Science or Math, Wired.com, October 8, 2012