Forensics Project: Make a Murder in Miniature & be the CSI on the Crime Scene!

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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This Forensic Science project allows students to show off all of the CSI skills they have learned. They are tasked with creating and processing their own mini murder scene.

Resource Includes

  • Full Teaching guide (see preview)
  • Detailed rubric for the Diorama, Written portion and Presentation with link to EDIT as needed
  • Link to EDITABLE Google Slide presentation: 19 slides designed to show students - full of tips, Dos and Don'ts, example projects (both good examples and poor examples)
  • Link to a sample Student Presentation as an example to show students

Your students will demonstrate

  • how to Sketch a Crime Scene
  • how to collect different types of evidence
  • distinguish between Class vs. Individual evidence
  • identify how each piece of evidence links to a suspect

The project also includes a full Autopsy of the victim, and they must incorporate evidence from Entomology to establish a Post Mortem Interval. (This resource is sold separately HERE)

This is my absolute favorite project! My students always get really into it and come up with amazing work. They are super creative in their stories, while being rooted to real life and the details of a true crime scene.

The rubric requires students to come up with a 'true crime' story, and create a mini-murder scene as it would have looked if their crime happened. They must then write a description of their crime scene as a CSI would describe it when they first arrive. The scene must be sketched with evidence, the evidence photographed, and documented as either class or individual.

All evidence and information must be presented in the form of a PowerPoint so that other classmates can fully appreciate the crime scene. The rubric also requires that the body show evidence of time and manner of death. This information is then used in the included autopsy report!

When the mini-murder scenes are finished, I always invite other classes to come look at them. My Forensics students LOVE showing off their work and telling everyone about their crime scenes.

I give my classes six days to work on a block schedule (180 hours total) but it can be modified to a shorter schedule by eliminating some of the requirements or allowing students to work in groups.


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