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Missing Money Mystery: An Introduction to Forensic Science Camp Kit - Grades 2-3 - STEMfinity
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Missing Money Mystery: An Introduction to Forensic Science Camp Kit - Grades 2-3


Missing Money Mystery: An Introduction to Forensic Science Camp Kit - Grades 2-3

This fun, interactive learning program immerses students in grades 2-3 into scientific discovery as they work to solve the mystery of the stolen funds. Kids will test their CSI skills as they work the case and discover the guilty party!

Crime Scenario

This fun, interactive learning program immerses students in grades 2-3 into scientific discovery as they work to solve the mystery of the stolen funds. Kids will test their CSI skills as they work the case and discover the guilty party!

How it Works

To launch his investigation, 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 then locates and gathers the clues and packages and sends them in a box to your classroom. Inside this box are all the materials needed by your students to conduct the investigation, including photographs, scientific equipment and “evidence."

Each lesson introduces new intriguing evidence, forensic techniques, and insight toward solving the Missing Money Mystery. Together, your students work toward the most plausible scenarios and celebrate their findings in the concluding lesson with certificates honoring their work as forensic investigators.

Preparing to Teach

Instructors will find The Missing Money Mystery easy and fun to teach. Each lesson provides 1-3 activities that teaches a new but related aspect of scientific reasoning and a particular scientific process. The text is easy to read and understand, the set-ups are detailed and uncomplicated, and the processes and procedures are clearly explained in each lesson plan.

What's Included

Each Course Kit contains an Instructor Guide, Resource CD with Student Books in PDF, and all of the supplies needed to teach the course to a class of up to 30 students


Instructor Guide:

Every step is taken to provide an easy-to-follow format and informative, fun-to-read instructions for each lesson. In addition to a brief listing of objectives, materials, and set-up procedures, useful icons point the instructor to a number of key elements.

  • Notes for the Instructor - Brief instructor notes introduce the subject matter and challenges presented in the particular lesson. They often contain real-life, age-appropriate examples from crime in history or popular culture.
  • Notes for the Students - These notes “set the stage" for each lesson by presenting brief material to read, listen to, and discuss.
  • Vocabulary - New and relevant terms are defined here. Note, too, the comprehensive “Glossary" at the end of the Instructor Guide and Student Books.
  • Activity Description - Here, step-by-step procedures are provided for both the instructor demonstration and the students' immersion in the activity.
  • Wrap-up - Discussion-provoking questions and summary-type activities are designed to revisit the day learning and help students take their inquiry further.
  • Clean-up - Clear instruction on preserving and storing materials is provided to ensure kit longevity and cost effectiveness.
  • Other Destinations - To extend lessons and deepen understanding across disciplinary and cultural divides, relevant links to multimedia, web resources, and fun at-home or extension activities are provided here.

Teacher Resource CD: The Teacher Resource CD for the Missing Money Mystery includes all the copy masters for student handouts, activities, lesson extensions like crossword puzzles to reinforce newly learned used vocabulary and learning aides. Links to forensic videos and other multimedia resources provide authentic lesson extensions in addition to teacher tutorials for each hands-on activity.

Supplies Included:‚ Packed and labeled, each supply item and tools needed to solve the mystery in a organized in a way that makes the course easy to teach again and again. Among some of these materials are: foreign coins, soil samples t dropper bottles, printing powder, bike tire samples, powder samples, fiber sample and more!‚  See below for a list of all supplies included.

Course Outline

Preview the Missing Money Mystery here.

Lesson 1 - Figuring Out Forensics - Organization and Observation
A mysterious "bag of stuff," and some peculiar foreign coins launch learners on the trail of a fugitive from justice. Explore the power of description in this exciting introductory lesson.

Lesson 2 - Securing the Scene & Collecting Evidence
Wrongdoers, beware! Learners 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 a thief!

Lesson 3 - Powder Power - Solutions or Suspensions?
Don't let our sneaky cash-snatcher get away! The plot thickens (and so do some solutions or are they suspensions?) as students experiment with different mysterious white powders.

Lesson 4 - Natural or Not - Fiber Identification
Weave together the threads of a crime in an activity that allows learners to practice a proven technique in forensic fiber analysis. Then put on your deerstalker and set your Sherlockian sights on classifying the evidence. It's elementary, dear Watson!

Lesson 5 - Tracking the Tires - Tread Patterns
The plot thickens as Mr. Muggs asks his students to examine the strange pattern of tire tread evidence discovered outside his window. Can you figure out who rode the getaway bicycle?

Lesson 6 - Digging for Dirt - Soil Samples
Another form of trace evidence gets the "detective treatment" in this fascinating lesson, as learners explore the work of forensic geologists and sort through soil samples, and chart their observations in their detective notebooks!

Lesson 7 - Cast a Clue & Shoeprint Evidence
The guilty party had no idea what they had stepped in...students analyze shoe prints left at the crime scene to determine if any of the suspects were there.

Lesson 8 - Crack the Code - Cryptograms
It may not be quite as challenging as the DaVinci Code, but the coded message left on Mr. Mugg's desk just might point to a clever thief. Learners uncover many secrets of the alphabet (and of master criminals!) in this deciphering activity.

Lesson 9 - Lifting Lips - Lip Prints
Does our crook have a crooked smile? Learners "lift," classify, and compare their own lip prints in order to unlock the patterns of this unique form of evidence.‚ 

Lesson 10 - Proof in Profiling - DNA Identification
The case is nearly cracked when students compare strands of suspects' DNA, and begin to close in on the real culprit. This authentic investigatory procedure explores genetic markers

Lesson 11 - Suspicious Statements: Means, Motive and Opportunity
Student take a careful look at the letters each suspect wrote in the beginning of the year to see any possible connections between their interests and the classroom crime.

Lesson 12 - Case Closed: Analyzing the Evidence
Students test their analytical skills when all of the evidence is laid on the table and will lead our detectives to point their collective fingers at the guilty party: mystery solved!


1 x Instructor Guide
1 x Teacher Resource CD
2 x Dusting powder
1 x Shrink wrapped packet of handouts
1 x Funnel
4 x Fabric samples
1 x Crime Scene tape
1 x 250mL beaker
200 x Wooden splints
1 x Membership card
Plastic Spoons
Tire Sample
Coin Set
15 x Tweezers
1 x Metal tong
1 x Package of wet wipes
200 x Portion cups
15 x Textured objects
3 x Votive candles
1 x Modeling clay
1 x Aluminum pan
15 x Rulers
3 x Shoe polish sponges
1 x Masking tape
3 x Paint brushes
12 x Permanent markers
1 x Sandy Soil Tub

1 x Loam Soil Tub
1 x Clay Soil Tub
15 x Hand lenses
1 x Box of tissues
3 x Scrub brushes
12 x Crayons (box of 8)
20 x Dropper bottles and caps
1 x Cornstarch Tub
25 x Foam plates
1 x Package of index cards
1 x Vinegar
10 x Mirrors
1 x Container of salt‚ 
16 x Rolls of tape‚ 
1 x Plaster of Paris tub
4 x Lipstick
1 x Baking Soda Tub
4 x Petroleum jelly
1 x Powdered Sugar Tub
10 x Feathers
15 x Plastic cups‚ 
12 x Student scissors
1 x Packing tape
1 x Hand lotion
15 x Measuring tapes
16 x Plastic bags
4 x Graph paper
36 x Pencils
80 x Envelopes