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Forensic Science Semester Course Lesson Plans

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This is a complete semester of Forensic Science Lesson plans typed out as daily lesson plans but in a week by week format for 18 weeks plus an exam week. I have taught this course now a total of 6 times and have built it from the ground up at my high school. I now have 2 other colleagues in my building who are following my plans in teaching this course and it has been very successful and fun!

Each lesson contains the following:
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Activities (including Bell work and exit work)
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There are many materials that have been very helpful to me in the teaching of this course, the list below is some, but not necessarily all of the materials used (note, these need to be purchased separately from Wards or Carolina):

Basic lab equipment (microscopes, rulers, hand lenses, beakers, dissection equipment, etc.)

Textbook- Forensic Science (an Introduction) � Saferstein
Crime Scene (Larry Ragel)
The Forensic Science of CSI (Ramsland)
Duke �Clues in Crime� CD (may be ordered from Wards Natural Science)
Labs from Wards Natural Science:
Fingerprinting
Impression Evidence
Glass Analysis
Blood Spatter Analysis
Blood Typing (Who Dunit)
DNA Fingerprinting practice lab and �Who Dunit Lab�
Sealed With a Kiss
Document Analysis
The Case of Lois MacArthur
Fetal Pigs for Autopsy
Luminol
Pre-sumptive Testing
Cow Blood
Hair Analysis
Fiber Analysis Lab
Disarticulated Skeletons

Videos: Law and Order SUV, �A Shred of Evidence (Wards),� �Analyzing Blood Clues (Wards),� Dr. G Medical Examiner, youtube�.(Autopsy)


You may contact me at any time for clarification or help, ideas, and my PowerPoints and other teacher created Forensic items are available for purchase on TeacherspayTeachers.com.
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On  February 3, 2014,  John S. said:
If you are teaching Forensics for the first time then this is good to get your started.
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On  March 11, 2013Linda Werts (TpT Seller) said:
Good place to start; but was hoping for access to worksheets, activities, labs, etc...
Would love a complete CD-ROM!! (hint, hint)
On  March 11, 2013Andrea Taktak answered:
A CD may be available in the future, but I do use quite a bit of outside resources and labs to teach this course. Thanks for the feedback though, let me know if you need ideas or help!
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On  July 24, 2012,  Buyer said:
A great place to start with my new elective class. Great information, well organized and detailed.
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On  July 17, 2012Kathy Cramer (TpT Seller) said:
Great starting point
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Great place to start. Thanks
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On  April 1, 2012Science Mouse (TpT Seller) said:
this is a good outline for doing a forensics class. I intend to try more of her resources
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On  August 21, 2011,  Buyer said:
As someone who has never taught forensic science, I was excited to look at an experienced teacher's lesson plans. However, to my frustration, I have no access to the majority of the actual lessons, worksheets, powerpoints, or videos listed in the lessons. Although, I can purchase a few of these items from the seller, most are unavailable. I am left wishing there was more to work with here.
On  December 15, 2011Andrea Taktak answered:
These are simply lesson plans...hours worth of work in typing them up! I hope it helps to see what you need to purchase and perhaps develop on your own or try to find. I pioneered this course at my high school 10 years ago, and with very little resources available, so I would hope that a semester's worth of lesson plans would be really valuable for a beginning teacher of this course.
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On  March 3, 2013,  Buyer asked:
This did not open on my computer...could you send it to me via email?
I paid the full price thank you
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On  March 3, 2013Andrea Taktak answered:
Sure, what is your email address?
On  January 1, 2013Linda Werts (TpT Seller) asked:
I am looking for a complete bundle: ppts, worksheets, notes, labs. Do you offer a complete unit for sale?
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On  January 1, 2013Andrea Taktak answered:
Not at this time, but if you have my plans and need a resource, I will be glad to send it to you electronically if I can, or point you in the right direction.
On  September 9, 2012Jose Rubio (TpT Seller) asked:
before i buy this section, is it possible to see a sample of those lessons. Thank you
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On  September 9, 2012Andrea Taktak answered:
I will add a preview page that you can download.
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On  May 9, 2009,  Buyer asked:
Andrea, What forensic science textbook do you use?

Thanks,
Don
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On  May 11, 2009Andrea Taktak answered:
It is Forensic Science by Richard Saferstein. http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_saferstein_forensicscience_1/
Hope this helps, email me anytime with questions! taktak_A@westcler.org
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Forensic Science Semester Course Lesson Plans
Forensic Science Semester Course Lesson Plans