Crime Scene Investigator: Blunt Force Trauma, kinetic energy at the crime scene

Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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In this activity, students act as a Crime Scene Investigator to solve a crime. A victim is suffering from blunt force trauma, and students must apply concepts related to MS-PS3-1 and HS-PS3-1 to solve the mystery! Purchase includes:

1. in-person 5E lesson plan spanning 90 minutes

2. link to online kinetic energy reading

3. student worksheet pack to scaffold through all lesson components

4. answer key

5. access to corresponding online CSI career exploration resources including virtual job shadow video, fun career focused activity, and downloadable career information sheet (in English and Spanish)

This resource works best with in-person learning.

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. Emphasis is on descriptive relationships between kinetic energy and mass separately from kinetic energy and speed. Examples could include riding a bicycle at different speeds, rolling different sizes of rocks downhill, and getting hit by a wiffle ball versus a tennis ball.
Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known. Emphasis is on explaining the meaning of mathematical expressions used in the model. Assessment is limited to basic algebraic expressions or computations; to systems of two or three components; and to thermal energy, kinetic energy, and/or the energies in gravitational, magnetic, or electric fields.


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