Forensic Science: Case of the Missing Diamond Maker

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Someone stole a diamond-making machine. Who done it? Scholars use forensic science at six different stations to determine the culprit. They analyze fingerprints, use their senses, and complete chemistry experiments to determine the criminal's identity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Change the names of the suspects to people in the school building, with their permission
  • For each class, change the person the evidence points to so they can't share information
Classroom Considerations

  • Groups pupils into six teams
  • For larger classes you double the work stations to keep groups small
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  • Provides a grading rubric
  • Links science to popular TV shows about forensics
  • Rotating through stations maintains scholar engagement

  • None
Common Core