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Product Details

  • Age Range: Baby and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1st Printing edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761163743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761163749
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-This follow-up to The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science (Workman, 2010) offers 24 engaging and thought-provoking math problems. A brief introduction explains the arrangement of the text and includes some tips and hints for tackling them. Each one is framed as a tough or dire situation that readers must solve using their math skills and knowledge. There are three levels of difficulty: "You Might Make It" (grade 5), "Slim to None" (grade 6), and "You're Dead" (grade 7). The grade-level assignments are based on Common Core Standards in mathematics, which the problems are aligned with. Each entry begins by stating its "challenge." A boxed area called "Euclid's Advice" offers some tips and suggestions for solving the challenge, followed by a blank page for students to work out their solutions. Next, the solution is provided. Explanations are clear and easy to understand. In "Sage in the Tower," readers must figure out how to use shadows and proportions to determine how tall a tower is in order to rescue the king's scholar. Lastly, each challenge concludes with a "Math Lab" that offers an example of how the principles being addressed can be put into action. The layout is clean and attractive with wacky three-color cartoons throughout. A useful addition to libraries wanting to supplement their mathematics collections, in addition to being an entertaining supplement to the curriculum.-Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Sean Connolly has written more than 50 books for children and adults. A father of three, he's ideally suited to explain the nuts and bolts of these fantastic experiments.

Customer Reviews

The book has a fun and playful layout which my son loves.
L. Bisson
This book is a fun way to teach math and work on math problems.
Dr. Michelle H. Brown-Nevers
I just casually read the cover aloud and left it on the table.
S. H.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By William Huntington on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I teach high school science and this book is a fun way to review concepts and to have some fun. Here is the supply list for the book:
string, 36"
key
scissors
ruler
watch with seconds
construction paper, 2 blue 1 red
compass
pencil
measuring cup, 3 1- pint clear
sand, 1 pint
50 large marbles
tape measure
paper
road map
small flashlight
pinecone
masking tape/chalk
water bottles, 2
funnel
nail
duct tape
checkerboard
rice
protractor
washer
straw
cardboard
jar, one quart
plastic cups, 3 large
jelly beans
20 candy bars, small
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By math teacher on September 3, 2012
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I teach middle school math and this book is a wonderful addition to my resources. The stories are cute, er, death-defying, and the labs that accompany them are easy to work in a class period. They engage the minds of reluctant math students. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By the bdgf on April 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I work with math students in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Every one of my students Love this book! The littler ones are interested in reading the stories and drawing pictures to organize the information, even if they aren't ready to tackle much of the actual math yet; the older students are happily engaged in trying to figure out the solutions. It's challenging stuff, and depending on your budding mathematician, may require a fair amount of assistance. You'll have a great time, too, though!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. H. on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a very engaging book on math problems. I didn't even need to ask my 9-year old to read it. I just casually read the cover aloud and left it on the table. The next thing I know is that he would not put it down for lunch and wanted to have all of the problems solved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bmoreliketrese on September 4, 2014
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This book is amazing. I teach 7th grade math and it is teaching my students problem solving in a fun way. It also lists some of the mathematical practices (of Common Core) in the index for easy common core alignment. This book even scored me brownie points with the department head and principal at my school. I will def recommend to any other middle school math teachers who are struggling to help students prepare for new Common Core Assessments
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Bryson on December 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My 10 year old son LOVES this book. He is also a lover of math which makes this the perfect match for him. Each night before bed he does one or two of the mysteries and wont allow himself to go to sleep until he solves it. He's always so determined to find the correct answer. It's a fantastic way to teach new math concepts and sharpen concepts they already know. Would love to see a sequel!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michelle H. Brown-Nevers on June 6, 2013
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This book is a fun way to teach math and work on math problems. My son uses this book daily. He also brings this book with him when he travels. We make math fun abd this book helps us do just that.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mathteacher on May 10, 2013
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This book is so unique and creative. Needless to say, as a middle level math teacher, I was excited to find something to ignite a spark in my students' minds. However, there are numerous mathematical inaccuracies in this book. For instance, the author uses the words "odds" and "probability" interchangeably. In my state's 8th grade math standards, the students are required to not only know the difference between those two concepts, but also must be able to convert between them. They are NOT the same thing. Also, the author claims that 2/3 of 75 and 3/4 is 50 and 1/4. It's actually 50 and 1/2, making the solution to the problem much different than how it's desribed. I've had this book for 24 hours now and have already found those mistakes. I'm just glad it was only $5.
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