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Crime Scene Investigation - Biology Teaching Thesis
Students 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.
Crime Scene Documentation
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.
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 plan 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.
Power Point Presentation: Crime Scene Basics
In 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.
Crime Scene: The Case of the Missing Computer Chip
Young scholars, in teams, attempt to solve a simulated crime scene.
Students investigate crime scene scenarios to meet standards. In this crime scene scenario lesson, 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.
Solving Imaginary Crimes
Students participate in a forensic science activity. In this crime solving lesson, students investigate fingerprints, and other crime scene evidence to solve an imaginary crime.
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.
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.
CSI Lesson Plans Can Turn Students Into Learning Detectives
Children learn to use the methods of good detection for solving a crime, and even analyzing literature.
Students study the process of DNA Fingerprinting and how DNA Fingerprinting is used in solving crimes. They examine a crime scenario that involves collecting DNA Fingerprinting information from blood collected at the crime scene. They analyze electrophoresis results from three suspects and the crime scene blood DNA to determine who committed the crime.
Forensics Crime Lab
Students brainstorm ways to look for evidence and investigate suspects. In this investigative instructional activity students pretend to be investigators and analyze a crime scene.
Who Ate The Cheese?!
In this crime scene investigation worksheet, students simulate DNA sequencing and DNA restriction analysis using paper strips of DNA. Students compare the crime scene DNA to the suspects and determine who is guilty.
Students study forensic science. In this forensics lesson, students take each other's fingerprints and evaluate them based on the four basic finger print patterns. They create a fake crime scene to find whose finger prints match.
"Clothing" French Intelligence Preference Lesson
Middle and high school pupils write about three scenarios using the proper French vocabulary. They develop a fashion show, a clothing store, and a crime scene using only French vocabulary. They draw and label five outfits and present a fashion show. They do the same for the clothing store scenario, and they perform the crime scene using French oral language.
And the Verdict Is...
Students identify the unique pattern DNA forms in each individual, and how that pattern can be used to identify criminals. They have the opportunity to simulate the process of matching DNA samples to those taken at a crime scene.
The Crittenden Conway Duel
Students explore primary and secondary sources. In this primary and secondary source instructional activity, 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.
Frances Glessner Lee, The first crime scene investigator
In this Frances Glessner Lee worksheet, students read about Frances Glassner Lee who was the first crime scene investigator and then answer multiple choice questions about what they read. Students answer 6 questions.
Lipstick Chromatography/Ink Chromatography
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.
CSI Interdisciplinary Projects
Work across content areas with an engaging project that highlights higher-level thinking, teamwork, and a STEM focus.