By using this fun CSI style activity, you will bring teaching drawing conclusions with your students to a whole new level! And the best part is that it is versatile! This activity can be used in numerous grade levels and in all subject areas. Determining the case, difficulty level, and subject area are up to you.
In this activity, you will create a crime for your students to solve based on clues that you give them. This crime could be a mystery involving someone on your campus or a celebrity students easily recognize so that they're instantly engaged in the activity; or it could involve a case where students are given clues to discover a certain number, letter, vocabulary word, mathematical concept, historical figure/event, scientific term, etc. The sky's the limit! :)
You'll take photos of each clue/evidence, upload them online, and link them to QR codes (instructions provided). Then, you'll insert these QR codes,as well as written clues, into clue cards to distribute to your students inside a CSI style evidence file. **You may also want to set the stage by creating a crime scene or video introduction for your students to view prior to the activity to build excitement and create engagement.**
After describing the mystery to your students, divide them into groups/pairs and distribute an Evidence Recording Sheet (included) and Evidence File to each group/pair/student. **Students will also need access to an iPad/tablet/smart device with a QR reader app already downloaded on it.**
Then, allow them to read each clue & view the evidence photos. Set back and watch them draw conclusions and solve the case. You may need to guide them along the way or help them think about the clues in a different way, but you want the students to do most of the thinking, so that they can practice drawing conclusions and come up with the answer/solution on their own.
On their Evidence Recording Sheet, students should write a list of the evidence found, think of possible suspects and write why they think they might have committed the crime, draw a conclusion based on the evidence, and then draw a picture of the guilty party. If you created a crime scene, students can draw a picture of it on the back of the paper. If you didn’t, you might choose to let them be creative and draw a picture of what they think the crime scene would have looked like.
This product is a zipped file; included are:
1) Teacher Instructions (pdf file)
2) QR Code How-To (pdf file)
3) Editable Mystery Description Cards (ppt file)
4) Editable Clue Cards (ppt file)
5) Editable Evidence File Cover Sheet (ppt file)
6) Evidence Recording Sheet (pdf file)
7) Blank Clue Card (image file-png, 300dpi)
8) Caution Tape Page Border (image file-png, 300dpi)
For an example of how we used this activity with the 2nd graders at my school, visit our blog at http://watsonworks2014.blogspot.com/2014/10/drawing-conclusions-csi-style.html. We'd also love to hear some of the ways you guys use this activity in your classrooms, so please leave us feedback, comment on our blog, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; also, feel free to ask any questions you might have. We'd love to hear from you! :)
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