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Rock Detective Mystery Kits

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     The Rock Detective Mystery Kits contain either 30, 50, or 80 Mysteries about samples that are carefully chosen
from Rock, Fossil, Mineral and 'Other' groups (see links below for photos and descriptions of all samples).  The Mysteries can be taught at a range of grade levels and our standard kits are prepared for Grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  Custom kits can also be assembled at your choice of grade level, or with your choice of Mysteries. It is best to place custom orders by phone (530-529-4890) or email (  All kits include a Notebook with the Mystery Q & A sheets and complete instructions.  Materials can be used over and over for a long time, and replacements are available (call 530-529-4890).

     More information about each of the kits is available at the links below. Or you can proceed to the shopping cart to place your order.

Geology Kit in a Bucket - 30 Mysteries including about 35 samples packed in a 
                          five-gallon Bucket (14 lbs) 

Rolling Cart Kit - 50 or 80 Mysteries packed in a multi-drawer Rolling Cart (45 lbs) 
Loan Kits - 50 Mysteries with awesome samples
      There are four major groups of samples and the Mysteries about them.  Photographs of samples in each group along with the Teaching Objectives of the Mystery are at the following links:
Rock Mysteries
 Fossil Mysteries
Mineral Mysteries
And a group of unique geological samples:
 Other Mysteries

     We call the program 'Become a Rock Detective', because like detectives, scientists (and our students) solve mysteries.  And, like scientists, our students learn from the process.  Questions for each Rock Detective Mystery introduce several concepts that cover a range of complexity, so that a collection of Mysteries is a flexible and powerful teaching tool. 
For more information see:
 How the program works.


  30 Mysteries for Grades K-4, 5-8, or 9-12.  Approximately 35 rock, fossil an ...
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Girl Scout and Boy Scout Kits
Basic Kit of 25 Mysteries customized for Earth Science Badge requirements ...
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80 Mystery Rolling Cart Kit
80 Mysteries with approximately 100 samples in a convenient multi-drawer cart that offers a very broad range of  Earth Science concepts.  Customized for Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, or Custom ...
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Awesome Loan Kit with 50 Mysteries
More than 80 awesome rock, fossil, and mineral samples with Mysteries for groups as large as 50 students, or for weeks of home schooling.   See, What Kids Say   for comments from ...
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Ruth Deike
Rock Detective Geoscience Education
395 Deer Run Drive
Nellysford , VA 96080

Phone: 434-263-3737



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