Crime Scenarios Teacher Resources
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Students become forensic investigators. In this crime scene lesson, students go to the science lab which is the "scene of the crime." They collect evidence such as fingerprints, "blood" evidence, chromatography, footprints, and more.
For this crime scene investigation worksheet, students view a PowerPoint presentation about crime scenes and then respond to 6 multi-step questions. The PowerPoint presentation is not included.
Middle schoolers, in teams, attempt to solve a simulated crime scene.
Students investigate crime scene scenarios to meet standards. In this crime scene scenario lesson plan, students gather background information during the first week. They investigate topics such as mammals, genetics, bacteria, or fungi. They make podcasts with their information. They solve the crime and write a report during the second week of work. Can be used for any topic.
Lab sheets for three different crime scene investigation activities are tucked into this resource. In the first activity, inquisitors examine a variety of fibers, including the fiber found at "the crime scene," under ultraviolet light. In the second, they hold each near a flame to observe the reaction. In the third, they scrutinize the structure of each beneath microscope lenses. Consider assigning these exercises to early science learners as practice observing safety guidelines or as part of a forensics unit.
Junior crime scene investigators are instructed in two different chromatography exercises. For female suspects, they separate and compare lipstick pigments. For male suspects, they separate and compare ink samples. A data sheet is provided for the lipstick observations, but not for the ink. You could create your own ink data table by imitating the lipstick page, or you could simply have young scientists draw their own. This activity can be used to demonstrate the separation of mixtures during a physical science unit for upper-elementary classes.
Students examine a crime scene and photograph evidence. In this forensics digital photography lesson, students recognize the correct procedures for filming a crime scene. Students document evidence and keep a log of the necessary information to log the evidence in. Students work in groups of three to collect evidence.
Students brainstorm ways to look for evidence and investigate suspects. In this investigative lesson students pretend to be investigators and analyze a crime scene.
Students explore primary and secondary sources. In this primary and secondary source lesson, students investigate a crime scene. Students search for evidence around the classroom and evaluate their findings. Students write a crime report with specific examples and present their ideas to the class.
Work across content areas with an engaging project that highlights higher-level thinking, teamwork, and a STEM focus.
In this crime scene worksheet, students answer multiple choice questions on different situations involving crime scenes. Students complete 5 questions.
High schoolers explore the different blood types, and are introduced to new knowledge through a crime scene simulated activity. They explore the genetics of blood types, and are introduced to immunology/diseases.
This could be really good, or it could be really bad! The crime to be solved is, "Who went pee in the flowerpot?" Given four imitation urine samples, young chemists or crime scene investigators perform pH, glucose, and turbidity tests to uncover the perpetrator. Whereas this is a sound lesson in making observations, if you have any students with the same name as the boys in the story, you may want to change them to minimize excessive laughter!
If there is one word in all the English language that gets me pumped, it's forensics. Young super sleuths and spies will love investigating the invisible ink used to write a secret message, considering and categorizing fingerprints, and using paper chromatography to separate mixtures composed of different pigments. Each of the three activities comes with background information and a full set of instructions for you to use as a single investigative lesson or on their own in chemistry class. Tip: Add a bit of mystery and establish a crime scene, the kids will need to work through each of these activities to determine who did it.
Provide a mystery hair and a set of reference hair samples for middle school investigators to place on a slide and examine under a microscope. Materials and procedures are detailed on the first page, while a data table for drawing what learners view is on the second. As part of a crime scene investigation class or as practice making wet mount slides, this lab sheet is simple, neat, and efficient.
Crime scene investigators practice collecting fingerprints off of surfaces in order to compare them to an imaginary crime suspect's prints. Instructions for using graphite powder and a Zephyr brush to collect the evidence are outlined. Index cards for recording information and drawing the fingerprints are included. A third page lists several other activities for an entire forensics exploration. Worksheets for the other activities may be found via the Lesson Planet website.
Students explore how forensic science is used in criminal investigations. They learn that for the next few days that are going to try to solve a crime that took place in the classroom. Students are given a story to read about the crime and are shown the plastic bag of evidence. Students are then asked how they would begin to solve this crime.
For this crime investigation worksheet, students read the noted textbook pages related to the collection of physical evidence and then respond to 16 short answer questions.
Children learn to use the methods of good detection for solving a crime, and even analyzing literature.
Students participate in a forensic science activity. In this crime solving lesson plan, students investigate fingerprints, and other crime scene evidence to solve an imaginary crime.