I created this lesson to guide students through a virtual lab for a few reasons. It is a fantastic simulation but I find it difficult to monitor progress (effort) when there is not a class discussion, set of questions or “worksheet.” With students working at different paces, the discussions weren’t appropriate for my class. I created this document as a guide to ensure they get through each section and have a chance to record their thoughts as they work.
The simulation has students “working with a team of experts to survey a crime scene, collect important evidence, excavate a clandestine grave, and analyze a variety of materials to solve a case.” This can be used as a cumulative assignment as it covers many topics in forensic science including, search and discovery, evidence, anthropology, entomology, DNA, botany, pathology, and critical thinking involving observations and identification. It can take up to 3 class periods. Students can work together or individually. If you don’t want to take this much time you can break it up and use different parts for specific units.