1st Edition

Math Bafflers Logic Puzzles That Use Real-World Math (Grades 6-8)

By Marilynn L. Rapp Buxton Copyright 2011
    116 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Math Bafflers requires students to use creativity, critical thinking, and logical reasoning to perform a variety of operations and practice skills that align with state and national math standards. The book covers real-life situations requiring math skills, such as distance, liquid measures, money, time, weight, sequencing, comparison, age, area, and percentages, along with operations such as fractions, exponents, algebra, place value, and number lines. Students will make hypotheses, organize information, draw conclusions, and use syllogistic thinking. Teachers can feel confident that they are providing challenges and reinforcing important skills in a format that students enjoy!

    Math Bafflers builds essential critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills; develops logical thinking in a fun format; uses relevant, real-life mathematical situations; and provides opportunities for differentiation.

    Grades 6-8

    Note to Teachers How to Solve the Math Bafflers Puzzles Who Will Be My Teacher? (logic) Face-Bond Friends (distance, fractions) Brr! Baby, It’s Cold Outside (negative numbers) Please Don’t Take My Sunshine Away (temperature conversion) Century Club (numbers) I’m Done! What Should I Do Now? (numbers) 24 Game® (operations) Cha-Ching (money) Rah, Rah! Go, Team! (logic, sequencing) NBA Salaries Are Not Dribble (money) Triple Trials (measurement conversion) How Big and How Far? (distance) Saturated Saturday (time) Movies and Music Are Marvelous (numbers) We’re Crazy Over Algebra (algebra) Spice It Up (measurement, volume) Got Feet? (distance, measurement) Boys Love Big Toys (fractions, weight) Pigskin Playoffs (logic, numbers) What’s My G.P.A.? (decimals) Don’t Freeze These Cubes (squares, cubes, biquadratic numbers) What Did You Call Me? (fractions, time) I’m a Computer Nut (logic) Got My Numbers? (operations) Sudoku Solutions (numbers) Pen Pal Pursuits (decimals, numbers) Which Will Be My Alma Mater? (money) What’s My Total? (money, percent) Our Loyal Fans (numbers) The Bouncing Bartletts (distance, measurement) Shape Up: Double Workout—Part I (geometry, logic, perimeter) Shape Up: Double Workout—Part II (geometry, logic, perimeter) Miles for Moms (distance, logic, time) Climb Ev’ry Mountain (decimals, distance) What’s Your Number? (operations) Take 5: Games 1 and 2 (logic, operations) Solutions About the Author Common Core State Standards Alignment


    Marilynn L. Rapp Buxton currently teaches the 4th-6th grade talented and gifted program at Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools in Waverly and Shell Rock, IA. She also teaches a self-designed curriculum of creative and critical thinking skills in classrooms, is editor of two elementary yearbooks, and coaches Future Problem Solving teams. She received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and has taken numerous graduate courses through Drake University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Marycrest College, and Viterbo University toward her K-12 gifted endorsement and educational certifications. Buxton received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award at the Iowa Talented and Gifted conference in Fall 2008 for outstanding achievement and service to gifted students in Iowa. Her curriculum ideas and student projects have been published as a "Teacher Feature" in Iowa Talented and Gifted Magazine. She authored Math Logic Mysteries and More Math Logic Mysteries, published by Prufrock Press. She is currently writing several other activity books for publication. She also authored Itsy Bitsies, four leaflets of counted cross-stitch designs and was featured in Cross Stitcher Magazine. She has presented at the Iowa Talented and Gifted Conference, Wisconsin Talented and Gifted Conference, Midwest Regional Middle Level Conference, area gifted and talented forums, and local staff in-services. She enjoys spending time with family, swimming, singing in Sweet Adelines International, Harmony Rox a cappella quartet and church choir, doing Sudoku and matrix logic puzzles, going for walks, and playing 500.