1st Edition

Math Logic Mysteries Mathematical Problem Solving With Deductive Reasoning (Grades 5-8)

By Marilynn L. Rapp Buxton Copyright 2007
    82 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Students love trying to solve challenging puzzles. So why not build and review their math skills while they're having fun?

    Math Logic Mysteries requires students to complete math problems and use reasoning to unlock the clues needed to solve matrix-based logic problems. Mathematical skills covered include measurement, number operations, geometry, probability, fractions, decimals, percentages, and algebra.

    This book includes a detailed how-to section for teaching logic puzzles and an in-depth answer key, so students can understand the thinking process behind each solution. After doing these fun and challenging puzzles, your students will ask for more Math Logic Mysteries!

    Grades 5-8

    Teacher’s Guide How to Do Matrix Puzzles Easy Puzzles You’re “Bus”ted! (fractions) Card Sharks (decimals) Frac Attack (fractions, decimals) I Am Just a Rec (area) This Arm Has Charm (distance, percents) Need for Speed (number operations, rate/speed) Let’s Party! (number operations) Game Girl (number operations) Model Behavior (sequencing) Medium Puzzles Roundabout (rounding) 20 Questions (using number lines) Cash for Camp (number operations, money) It’s Off to Work We Go (time) The Quad Squad (time) He’s Far, Far Away (distance, fractions) The Octagon (geometry) Math Match (weight, measurement) Clean as a Whistle (measurement) That’s Not My Area (area) Farmer’s Market (number operations) It’s a Picnic (number operations) I Flip for Food (weight) Let the Games Begin (time) Hit the Road (distance, fractions) Yearn to Learn the Pattern? (patterns) Tri to Solve This (area) Common Cents Shopping (money) That’s Not Probable (probability, decimals, ratios) As American as Apple Pie (volume, measurement) People Think I’m Square (fractions, square roots, squared numbers) I’m Sittin’ Good, Baby! (time) Check, Please! (number operations) Challenging Puzzles Amassing My Fortune (sequencing) It’s Not a Rectangle Number (fractions, square roots, square numbers) The Brainy Bunch (percents) Seven Up (temperature) Algebar’s Algebra (algebra) Coin Club (money) The Calendar Kids (percents, number operations) Fill It Up! (number operations) PARdon Moi (deduction, reasoning) Time for Chapter 12 (algebra, sequencing) See You on the Winner’s Stand (number operations) Takin’ My Load on the Road (percents) A Dozen Cousins (percents, number operations) I’m Being Paged—Part I (fractions) I’m Being Paged—Part II (distance, measurement) Pop ’N Zip (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.

    This book will add some mystery to your math class! The puzzles challenge students to complete math problems and use reasoning to unlock the clues. The book inlcudes a detailed how-to section for teaching logic puzzles and an in-depth answer key so students understand the thinking process behind each solution.,Anne Sumpter,Learning Magazine, 9/1/09