Engage your budding scientists in K-1 with Community Learning’s newest forensic classroom caper! This download of Lesson 9 in a 10-unit mystery, with each lesson lasting about an hour, really hits home when a beloved classroom pet Alice has gone missing. Now your younger students can join the fun and learn all about crime scene investigation and help solve the Rogue Rodent Mystery!
The Rogue Rodent Mystery forensic science kit is a hands-on exploration that’ll excite kids about learning and build a special interest in Science. Your students will use real laboratory techniques, procedures and materials to get to the bottom or this most troubling crime. Students, will look at the crime scene captured on video to build their own “theory” of the case and then learn about analyze the evidence or “clues” left behind. Students will work together just like adults to get to the bottom of this most troubling crime!
Bringing the Mystery to Life
Rogue Rodent Mystery is based on the premise that crime occurred in Ms. Hawkins’ science classroom at Cavia Elementary. Her classroom is filled with all sorts of neat things and also has a pet Guinea pig named Alice. Alice is a very special part of the class. Mrs. Hawkins loves animals and knows that the best way for her students to learn about what an animal needs to survive is by observing, or watching, the animal up close. The entire class help stake care of the guinea pig - feeding her, giving her fresh water, cleaning her enclosure, providing things for Alice to chew on, and taking her home to care for her on the weekends. Yesterday, Mrs. Hawkins said goodbye to her students as they headed home.
She put Alice safely back in her enclosure and then went to the cafeteria to grab an afternoon snack. When she came back 20 minutes later she noticed …Alice was gone! Inside this box are all the materials needed by your students to conduct the investigation, including photographs, scientific equipment and “evidence.” Each lesson introduces new intriguing evidence, forensic techniques, and insight toward solving the Rogue Rodent Mystery.
To limit the suspect possibilities, Ms. Hawkins has narrowed the suspects to four—all current students of hers. Together, your students work toward the most plausible scenarios and celebrate their findings in the concluding lesson with certificates honoring their work as forensic investigators.
Making the Most of Each Lesson
Instructors will find Rogue Rodent Mystery easy and fun to teach. Each lesson provides an activity that teaches a new but related aspect of scientific reasoning and a particular scientific process. None of the labs require special handling or complicated setups. After familiarizing themselves with the lesson, vocabulary, and intended outcome of the activity, instructors set up their classroom so that it is easy for students to work in groups of two or four. Clear guidance is provided in each lesson on how to organize the demonstration area with all the relevant materials at hand. Any necessary safety precautions specific to individual lessons are also provided.
Lesson 9 - Weighing the Evidence: Testing the Scales of Justice
Students will use balances to literally weigh the evidence of each suspect against one another. Not only will this give your students a chance to use a common measurement tool in science, it will provide a visual to help them formulate their own conclusions.
Don't forget to download the free Rogue Rodent Mystery Introduction Video that can be found in our store!