Included in this lesson is an 8 day unit plan, instructions for all the experiments and activities, and packet for a crime scene investigation. You will receive a PDF download with the link which opens the entire investigation lesson plan and packet into Google Docs. This is a highly authentic and engaging unit- it's designed so that you are able to teach the scientific method using real world and inquiry based application. It's easy to follow, and amazingly fun.
Sally Scarecrow has suffered a horrible hiccup attack at the hands of a teacher in the building. Student detectives spent the first day in detective school brushing up on content vocabulary, reviewing our suspect list, making predictions and observing the crime scene from a far. Over the next several days you will ask questions, compose experiments testing the cola from the crime scene for poison with litmus juice, dusting for finger prints, analyzing handwriting and more. We concluded our CSI by drafting a composite sketch of who we thought the culprit was, serving the culprit with an arrest warrant and reading her/him their Miranda Rights.
(The only odd materials you will need for this project is a red cabbage (to boil for a PH juice) and iodine which can be purchased for less than $3 at Walgreens.)