Forensics Entomology Death Investigation: Notes + Activity

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Teach your students how to be Forensic Entomologists! Learn to measure fly maggots and figure out the post-mortem interval (time since death). 

Students learn from 12 interactive Google Slides, recording what they learn on the provided Notes Sheet. The Google Slides are student independent - no direct instruction is needed. 

Slides teach students:

  • The life cycle of a fly
  • Important forensic details about four species of flies
  • How temperature impacts the life cycle of a fly
  • How to measure maggots / pupa to figure out the age of a maggot
  • How to use a fly growth chart to determine the PMI

Learning Slides build up student’s skills, asking them to:

  • Drag and drop elements
  • Circle the right answer
  • Fill in the blank
  • Complete short answer questions 

Then students are ready to test their Forensic Entomology skills! Seventeen Entomology Activity slides challenge students with five cases to solve. They have a jar of maggots which they drag to a digital ruler and measure. Using the provided fly growth chart, case information, and temperature data, they figure out the post mortem interval.

This activity is appropriate for even more sensitive students - there are no actual photos of decaying corpses.

NO PREP! Full answer keys are provided for the learning slides and the activity slides.

A teacher guide is included with tips for how to best use the resource, sharing the slides, and ideas to make grading easier!

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  • Forensics Stages of Decay: Learn the five stages of decomposition to determine the time since death (post mortem interval). A great addition to your Forensics Death Investigation unit! This  is designed to be a student independent activity, no direct instruction is needed!
  • Forensic Autopsy Medical Examiner Terms: Notes + Activity: Teach the terms used by Forensic Pathologists / Medical Examiners when they perform an Autopsy! Interactive Google Slides, Printable Notes and Hands on Activity!
  • BUGS! Forensic Entomology Notes + Activity: Students learn how to measure maggots to determine the time since death! Digital activity - no prep!
  • BONES! Forensic Anthropology Death Investigation: Notes + Activity: Teach your students how to be Forensic Anthropologists! Learn to read bones and determine gender, height and age. Then solve a Missing Person Case!

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