Here's a great way to have fun with science in your homeschool and encourage your kids' critical thinking skills. One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! is filled with ultra-short mysteries that kids solve with their science knowledge.
The book is filled with brainteasers that are reminiscent of "Encyclopedia Brown"short mysteries. Each one challenge kids to use subjects like biology, physics and weather to solve them.
We have been reading through the book with our sons ages six and ten, and they've been having a lot of fun trying to solve the mysteries. My six year-old is a little younger than the recommended age range of 8-12 but he's having fun trying to figure each story out. My ten year-old has been able to solve most of the mysteries, much to his satisfaction.
Each mystery is about a page and a half, with the solution on the second page (which must be turned to read, so you don't accidentally see the solution). I read the first page, which has the mystery part, and then stop for the boys to take turns guessing who did it, who's lying, what's wrong with the story or what's really going on. Then I turn the page and read the conclusion to see if they were on the right track.
Sections of the book include:
- Life Science (with mysteries related to animals, plants, insects, etc.)
- Earth and Space Science (with mysteries related to weather, shadows, astronomy, temperature, etc.)
- Physical and Chemical Science (with mysteries related to heat, condensation, colors, etc.)
- General Science (with mysteries related to levers, electricity, weight, etc.)
There is also a bonus section of five more minute-long stories from One Minute Mysteries: 65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! and a sampling of five stories from One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! (review for that coming soon).
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! is written by father-daughter team Eric Yoder and Natalie Yoder. It's published by Science, Naturally! and retails for $9.95. It can also be purchased from the publisher as part of a three-book set with One Minute Mysteries: 65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! and One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! for $25.95.
The book is also available in other formats, such as Kindle and Nook, and can be purchased at sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble (remember, as a teacher or homeschooler you get a 20% discount of the retail price on educational books from Barnes and Noble stores and online). Used copies can also be found at sites such as Amazon, B&N and eBay.
I recommend the book and I found it to be a fun way to play with science with my children. It covers a broad range of subjects and each story is short enough to hold kids' attention. The price is a little high for some homeschoolers' budgets (I realize small publishers have very little leeway with pricing) but it's a great resource for supplementing science in a fun way.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes but no compensation for this review. Links in this article are not affiliate links and I do not profit in any way from sales of the book. All opinions are my own.
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