This activity is designed to be conducted over a period of several weeks. My plan is to set aside "CSI" time every Friday. I am doing this with my 5th grade students but it can be applied with older students as well.
Students are introduced to a scenario in which a victim has been moved from the original crime scene. Students will need to analyze specific leaves, soil types, rocks and minerals, from the local state. Using these materials, data from lab experiments and tree maps/resources, they will determine which one of the four suspects committed the crime. Within this zip folder you will receive the following documents:
- An Arrest Warrant and Example Arrest Warrant - This is where students will write out an arrest warrant for the suspect they think committed the crime. They will need to back up their claim with evidence from the case study.
- Teacher Materials - What you need for the whole case study.
- Student Materials - A worksheet that can be given to students to remind them about what materials they have available to use.
- Suspect Cards - Provides information on the four suspects including DOB, name, job, alibi, relationship to the victim and photo id.
- Scenario - This is the "introduction" sheet you will provide to the students.
- List of Clues - Details what clues need to be provide as reference samples and what clues need to be placed at the crime scene.
- Outline - Discusses a week to week schedule, what the students will learn about, an overview of the case and additional resources that can be used.
- Intro Notes - These fill in the blank notes go over how to take photos at a crime scene, how to sketch it, how to collect evidence, etc.
- Forensic Notes - These fill in the blank notes go over how to analyze soil, rocks, minerals, plants and how to collect them.
- Evidence Labels - These labels are meant to be printed on a 30 label sheet. These are the labels that students will put on each one of their evidence tubs/envelopes/containers.
- PPT - This can be used to go over the parts of a microscope, how to collect evidence at a scene, how to take photos and how to sketch a crime scene.