3. Ice Cream, Anyone? (Grades 4-8; Math: pre-algebra, algebra, permutations, probability and statistics; critical thinking)

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This delicious activity challenges students to employ their math knowledge to solve a real-world challenge. Students will practice pre-algebra skills as they help Cora make 21 unique ice cream combinations for her hockey team. More mysteries just like this one can be found in One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Math. This book is available at a discounted price for Title 1 schools through the First Book Marketplace. Not your ordinary math book, these mysteries make math fun! Short literature-based brainteasers are a great way to get kids engaged in math. 

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