Forensics Stages of Decay Notes for Death Investigation

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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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. Just share the slides with your students and they are ready to go!

Resource includes:

  • Learn the Stages of Decay Google Slides: 13 Interactive Google Slides with short video clips about all five stages. Students fill in blanks, drag and drop images, and answer questions on the slides as they learn. The last three slides challenge students to apply their new skills!
  • Learn Stages of Decay KEY
  • Printable Notes: provide a place for students to write out what they learn Can also be completed digitally on Google Docs or editable PDF
  • Teaching Guide: with details for how to use the resource, how to share it with students, and tips for grading 

Slides teach students:

  • The characteristics of the five stages of decay
  • To apply their new Forensics skills to three body profiles and determine what stage of decay they are in

Interactive Slides keep students engaged with

  • Drag and drop elements
  • Complete short answer questions 
  • Short video clips
  • Reflection questions


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

Need more Forensics Death Investigation resources?

  • Estimate Time Since Death - NO PREP! Everything your students need to learn what happens to a body after death, and then use those skills to estimate when Zelda died. Was it accidental death, or murder??
  • Secrets of the Body Farm Video Guide - a fun documentary that students always enjoy! The Body Farm, located in TN, is home to a few dozen donated bodies, where Forensic Scientists go to learn about human decomposition. 
  • Forensics Death Investigation: Notes, Activity and Review - Interactive Google Slides teaches your students about Time Since Death, Manner and Cause of Death, and the job of the Medical Examiner. Includes an activity and Google Form review questions. The resource can be 100% digital, and no prep.
  • Autopsy Report Activity! There are many ways to use this resource in your class to reinforce learning about autopsies, entomology, cause of death, and time since death. Digital and Print options!
  • 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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