Missing Money Mystery - A Study in Forensic Science - Classroom Kit

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Grades 2-3.

Fun, interactive learning program immerses students in scientific discovery as they work to solve the mystery of the stolen funds. Students will test their CSI skills as they work the case and discover the guilty party.

  • A canister with the money for an upcoming geocaching field trip disappeared from a 4th grade classroom sometime after dismissal on a Monday afternoon
  • Mr. Mugg, the teacher, enlists your students to help him find the money
  • Mr. Mugg uses the classroom computer to learn about forensic science and the necessary activities, tools, and tests he needs to solve the crime
  • He shares this information with your students through a series of emails
  • He also locates and gathers the clues and packages and send them in a box to your classroom
  • Inside the box are all needed materials to conduct the investigation, including photographs, scientific equipment, and evidence
  • Consists of 12 lessons, each approx. 1 hour:
    • Lesson 1 - A mysterious bag of stuff and some peculiar foreign coins launch learners on the trail of a fugitive from justice
    • Lesson 2 - Visit the scene of the crime and use real forensic techniques (such as triangulation) to begin the search for trace evidence that will point to the thief
    • Lesson 3 - Experiment with different mysterious white powders
    • Lesson 4 - Practice forensic fiber analysis and classify the evidence
    • Lesson 5 - Examine the strange pattern of tire tread evidence discovered outside the classroom window to help determine who rode the getaway bicycle
    • Lesson 6 - Sort through soil samples, then chart observations in detective notebooks
    • Lesson 7 - Analyze shoe prints left at the crime scene to determine if any of the suspects were there
    • Lesson 8 - Decipher the coded message left on Mr. Mugg's desk
    • Lesson 9 - Students lift, classify, and compare their own lip prints in order to unlock the patterns of this unique form of evidence
    • Lesson 10 - Compare strands of suspects' DNA and explore genetic markers
    • Lesson 11 - Take a careful look at letters each suspect wrote in the beginning of the year to see any possible connections between their interests and the classroom crime
    • Lesson 12 - Analyze all the evidence to make the final determination of which suspect is guilty
  • Includes 107-page instructor's guide, teacher resource CD, preprinted student handouts, and essential supplies
  • For 30 students

Item Weight: 16
Age: 7 yrs. - 8 yrs.
Grade: 2 - 3
School Type: Elementary School
Subject Areas: Genetics & Forensic Science
Brand: Community Learning
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