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Solving Science, Naturally! (One Minute at a Time)

 If you’re like me, science was a bit of a mystery in school.  I’d rather read a good book.  Then, along came Science Naturally!  This independent press is dedicated to providing books that support math and the sciences.  The highly-acclaimed series has even become eligible for STEM grants.  Because their products are aligned to state and national standards, teachers can be confident that they are meeting the Common Core Standards (if need be), but what is even more exciting is the FUN this brings to science lessons!

I was pleased to receive my review copy of  65 More Short Mysteries You Solve with Science to sample.  When I was a kid, I loved to read those “mini-mystery” books like “Five Minute Mysteries”.  Like a puzzle on paper, I was anxious to find the flaw in the description or someone’s statement to solve the crime before I turned the page!  I’m thrilled to have found a similar style, but with a scientific twist.

Science, Naturally! has been winning awards and snagging national attention on programs like NPR’s Science Friday.  Written by the father/daughter team of Eric and Natalie Yoder, these quickie quizzes are just the ticket for setting up your science lessons, closing a study period, or just squeezing in a few extra minutes of critical thinking skills.  Designed to be read in just one minute, each story challenges your knowledge of various science principles.  We found the brief passages ideal for read-aloud (even in the car!), yet easy enough that my 9-year-old could enjoy them on his own.

Just a few of the highlights of Science, Naturally!:

  • Self-study, family, or class use
  • Affordable – $9.95  for print book (paperback, 185 pgs.), also on Kindle, Nook, and iPad
  • Flexible – Go at your own pace, skip around, or read straight through
  • Multi-Age – Recommended for ages 8-12 (but Dad thought it was pretty cool, too!)
  • Time Extender– Boost a lesson or use on-the-go
  • Fun – Uses real-life situations with a variety of cultural characters and settings
  • Sample Stories – Click HERE for an excerpt of “Tanks A Lot” (see…even the titles are funny)
  • Free Monthly Mystery – online – visit the website for more monthly minute mysteries!

This book was such a great addition to our science learning that we kept a permanent place for it on our homeschool shelf.  I’m interested to read the original, 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! and 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!

You can read more experiences right HERE,at SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com, and in the words of Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton, “Don’t just take my word for it!”  Read these other great reviews by parent educators like me!


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