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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 07/ 7/2010

Learning math with Sherlock Holmes

By Valerie Strauss

Teacher Sharon Jacoby’s students are having so much fun learning math in summer school that it makes you wonder why teachers can’t do this from September through June.

Jacoby is teaching rising fourth-graders to use math skills by being a detective like Sherlock Holmes, and the kids at Fairview Elementary School in Columbia, Mo., are loving it.

A story by the Columbia Missourian, a community news organization that is staffed by Missouri School of Journalism students, explains how Jacoby, a fifth-grade teacher during the school year, is using the book “Using Math to Solve a Crime” to get kids to think like a detective and a mathematician at the same time.

The kids are trying to solve a case of a burglary on a millionaire’s yacht, and are using addition, multiplication and geometry to figure out how much was taken, the combination to a safe and information about stolen jewelry.

It sounds interesting enough that people like me, who pretty much cried my way through math, could learn something.

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By Valerie Strauss  | July 7, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Learning, Math  | Tags:  interesting courses, learning math, math and sherlock holmes, summer school, summer school classes, thinking like sherlock holmes  
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Awesome. It's great to hear about these kind of things.

Posted by: aby1 | July 7, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Learning is always fun if taken in the right spirit. And, math is a very good and important subject to learn. Children can help of a tutor to get out of their math phobia. They can ask your parents or school teachers to help you. Otherwise, they can take advantage of any online tutoring services like My daughter uses it and has improved her grades.

Posted by: 75025 | July 11, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

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