How One Teacher Makes Math and Science Less Scary

A 3rd grade teacher makes math and science less intimidating with books full of fun mystery word problems!

Looking for a way to make intimidating topics like math and science less scary? These unique books are full of fun word problems for kids. The pages are packed with engaging mysteries for kids to solve using their math and science skills. By solving the mysteries in these books, your kids will turn into math and science super sleuths!

Students who are usually reluctant to participate really wanted to solve the mysteries.

How One Teacher Makes Math and Science Less Scary in 1 Minute

Ways to Use the Mystery Books

The Mysteries You Solve with Science/Math Set includes three books, two filled with science mysteries and one filled with math mysteries.

The I Love a Mystery Books were created by Science Naturally, an award-winning Educents Seller that demystifies intimidating topics like math and science lessons by engaging students with fun stories.

Each mystery takes about one minute to read and solve. One page describes the mystery in a short, easy-to-read story. The next page reveals the answer and includes a picture that helps explain the answer. The books are best suited for kids between the ages of 9 and 12.

Daily Math & Science Practice

Spend a minute a day to solve mysteries as a family. Apply your science and math critical thinking skills in the car ride to school, after dinner, or as a bedtime brain buster.

Fill Boring Downtime

Use the math and science mysteries for a quick, educational time-filler that’s fun. Pull out these portable books while waiting in a long line at the grocery store, or while waiting for a doctor’s appointment.

Critical Thinking Development

Stretch those critical thinking muscles at home! Use these mystery books as an independent learning in an after-school program or while learning at home.

Take a Break for Fun

These books are the perfect educational tool to use during stressful times of year, especially during State Testing time. Take a fun break after a stressful day of test-taking.

Reasons I love the mystery books:

These books are a unique way to engage your learners and challenge them to think outside of the box, as a super math and science sleuth. It is perfect for a variety of age levels and learners!

  • These books are a fun way to make intimidating topics more accessible for children.
  • The books require no prep work, making them easy for parents or childcare providers.
  • Each mystery word problem is short (only 60 seconds to read & solve!) and independent from one another. You can solve one mystery and then take a break.
  • The books include diverse topics. The students in the book have culturally diverse names and a variety of ages, making it easy to use with multiple grade levels.

My students loved these books so much, they were willing to read the mysteries aloud to the entire class. It was a hit and my students were excited about the opportunity to be the next mystery reader.

I recommend trying the One Minute Math and Science Mystery Books in your classroom or in your homeschool program. You will find the mysteries educational and engaging. See for yourself in the short video I recorded while reading a science mystery. Try to solve it before I reveal the answer!

Educents has a downloadable sample of the science mystery word problems.

Read more about the mystery book series here.


About the All-Star Blogger


I am Ashley, the blogger behind Teaching In Bronco Country. I am a third-grade literacy and social studies teacher. I love reading, blogging, being a mom and, of course, the Denver Broncos.