Crime Scene Investigations: Real-Life Science Activities for the Elementary Grades

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Wiley

Crime Scene Investigations: Real-Life Science Activities for the Elementary Grades
Product Description

Turn your elementary students into super sleuths with the 60 exciting lessons and worksheets in this unique resource!

Provide complete teacher background information and reproducible activity sheets that challenge students to observe carefully, organize and record data, think critically, and conduct simple tests to solve crimes ranging from theft and dog-napping to vandalism and water pollution.

Organized into four sectionsof investigations, covering:

  1. Inquiry & Technology
  2. Earth Science
  3. Life Science
  4. Physical Science

 

Inquiry, Science and Technology

Each of the investigations includes:

  • Teacher Information.
  • Purpose of Investigation, Notes for the Teacher, Background, Materials, Answer Key, NSTA Objectives that apply.
  • Reproducible Student Investigator Pages.
  • The Crime, Procedure, Conclusion Questions.

 

Investigation 1-­1: Grade Tampering (Collecting and Comparing Fingerprints)

Investigation 1­-2: To Code or Not to Code (Interpreting and Writing Messages in Code)

Investigation 1­-3: Corroded Cans (Using Data to Relate Evidence to Explanation)

Investigation 1­-4: Being Hip to the Chip (Paint Chip Analysis)

Investigation 1­-5: Tricky Tools (Comparing a Tool Mark Cast to Suspect Tools)

Investigation 1­-6: Handwriting Hoax (Handwriting Analysis)

Investigation 1­-7: Putting the Wrong Foot Forward (Comparing Shoeprints)

Investigation 1­-8 Disorganized Data (Organizing Evidence in Sequence)

Earth Science

Each of the investigations includes:

  • Teacher Information.
  • Purpose of Investigation, Notes for the Teacher, Background, Materials, Answer Key, NSTA Objectives that apply.
  • Reproducible Student Investigator Pages.
  • The Crime, Procedure, Conclusion Questions.

Investigation 2­-1: The Soil Evidence (Finding Evidence From the Soil)

    Investigation 2­-2: Pointing Out Pollution (Collecting and Using Data to Detect Water Pollution)

      Investigation 2­-3: Dirty Clues (Comparing Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Soil Samples)

        Investigation 2­-4: Dirty Dave (Comparing Soil Samples from Different Locations)

          Investigation 2­-5: The Sand-Trap Blues (Detecting Pure Sand or Sand Mixtures in Soil Samples)

            Investigation 2­-6: Digging Up Clues (Comparing Locations of Soil Samples)

              Investigation 2­-7: The Truth Is in the Proof (Comparing Heat-Retaining Qualities of Various Materials)

                Life Science

                Each of the investigations includes:

                • Teacher Information.
                • Purpose of Investigation, Notes for the Teacher, Background, Materials, Answer Key, NSTA Objectives that apply.
                • Reproducible Student Investigator Pages.
                • The Crime, Procedure, Conclusion Questions.

                Investigation 3­-1: A Hairy Situation (Hair Analysis-Human or Animal?)

                  Investigation 3­-2: Learning From Lipstick (Comparing Lip Print Patterns)

                    Investigation 3­-3: "Leafing" the Crime Scene (Comparing Characteristics of Leaves)

                      Investigation 3­-4: A Spooky Crook (Assembling a Human Skeleton)

                        Investigation 3­-5: Pharaoh's Femur (Using a Bone to Determine a Person's Height)

                          Investigation 3­-6: One Bite Too Many (Comparing Teeth Marks)

                            Investigation 3­-7: Leery of Labels (Determining Fat Content of Margarine)

                              Investigation 3­-8: DNA Net (Using DNA Evidence to Identify a Suspect)

                                Physical Science

                                Each of the investigations includes:

                                • Teacher Information.
                                • Purpose of Investigation, Notes for the Teacher, Background, Materials, Answer Key, NSTA Objectives that apply.
                                • Reproducible Student Investigator Pages.
                                • The Crime, Procedure, Conclusion Questions.

                                Investigation 4­-1: Where Is Herman the Hamster? (Making a Rough Sketch of a Crime Scene)

                                  Investigation 4­-2: Candy Capers (Separating Water-Soluble Food Dye Into Colors)

                                    Investigation 4­-3: Stepping Into Crime (Analyzing Footprints to Determine Sequence of Events)

                                      Investigation 4­-4: Fibers Don't Fib (Comparing Fibers)

                                        Investigation 4­-5 You're in Deep Trouble (Conducting Tests on Synthesized Urine)

                                          Investigation 4­-6: Guilty of Graffiti (Separating Colors of Water-Soluble Inks)

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