Criminology Teacher Resources

Whodunnit? That’s the question young forensic scientists are here to answer—and we’ve got an array of criminology resources that are up to the task!

Brief students on the science of DNA evidence before visiting a virtual crime scene. Learners can get out their magnifying glasses to check out footprint patterns that they may come across in their sleuthing.

Want to elevate the lesson? A unit on deductive reasoning uses the setting of a crime scene investigation to put observational analysis to the test. Additionally, an online resource brings criminology to life with a series of evidence-based activities.

Learn what happens after you catch the bad guy with an interactive unit on participants in a criminal trial. It’s perfect for transitioning into the legal implications of criminology or a lesson on the legal system itself.

Whether you’ve got a class full of crime solvers or budding lawyers, Lesson Planet has what you need to enhance a science-based approach to criminology!

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Law and the Rule of Law

For Students 6th - 12th
We hear a lot about the importance of the rule of law, but most people do not really know what those words mean. The lesson is a webpage that defines the rule of law, explains why it is important in a democratic society and provides...
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Criminal Justice in America

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The allure of true crime television shows often leads to intrigue of the criminal justice system. Using a six-unit curriculum, learners explore criminology and the justice system in the United States. Topics include the police, trial...
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The Judge and the Jury: Trial by Jury

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why is it so important to have a trial by jury in the American judicial system? This right is one of the hallmarks of American democracy, but it also comes with the responsibility of serving on a jury if called. Young legal scholars...
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Murder Mystery

For Teachers 4th - 12th
High schoolers examine how to capture foot prints while they simulate a criminal investigation. They discover how the clues are needed for identifying or eliminating murder suspects.
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DNA Detectives

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Police find a man murdered in a local hotel, DNA everywhere, and now they need scholars' help. Budding detectives step into a crime scene playing the roles of victim, suspects, and investigators. They apply knowledge of criminology and...
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Forensic Science Crimes Dramas

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How do TV shows present criminology—is it realistic? High schoolers research crime dramas and participate in class discussion about topics such as who exists as the target audience and the values the shows communicate. They also research...
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The Power of Judicial Review

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Marbury v. Madison is arguably the most important landmark case in the history of the Supreme Court. A fact-filled lesson provides background information about the case and two others related to the concept of judicial review. Scholars...
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Crime Scene Investigation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How exactly does a crime scene investigation work? The resource, a unit on criminology, covers everything from the deductive reasoning skills needed for detectives to DNA fingerprinting, all the way to how to gather evidence and bring...
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Crisis at Fort Sumter

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
The crisis at Fort Sumter and events related to criminology create an intriguing activity for high schoolers. When clicked on, each box goes into a different part of the event. It also includes the aftermath of the battle in American...
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CSI: The Experience - Family Forensics

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Forensic scientists depend on their observation skills to analyze evidence down to the molecular level. Middle and high schoolers practice making observations and predictions with a series of crime scene activities, which includes a...
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2000 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The New York City police chief wants to know if teens commit more crimes after watching violent television shows. What kind of study helps answer the question? Learners must describe a successful study. They also examine the...
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Your 4th Amendment Rights

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Americans love to learn about their rights, especially those that protect them from the government's power to invade their privacy. Young people are especially engaged by this topic. An informative lesson explores four Supreme Court...
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The Ratification Debate

For Students 6th - 12th
Most Americans profess their love for the US Constitution, but this was not always the case. An informative lesson overviews the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists by summarizing the main arguments of each side. It...
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Deviance: Functionalist Explanations

For Students Higher Ed
In this Deviance: Functionalist Explanations worksheet, students read five pages, then complete several exercises including creating prompt cards, labeling actions appropriately, and deciding what are strengths or weaknesses of theories.
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Traditional Marxist Perspectives on Crime

For Students Higher Ed
In this Marxist Perspectives on Crime instructional activity, students read five pages and then proceed to complete several exercises such as supporting and rejecting a thesis, completing sentences, and categorizing statements.
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Plan for the Murder Solving Lesson

For Teachers 8th - 12th
It's a classic case of whodunnit - with a forensic twist! Learners observe a crime scene and compile evidence, along with emergency phone calls, fingerprints, and interview statements to find the criminal and solve the crime.
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Can You Solve the Frog Riddle?

For Students 4th - 8th
Hey, diddle diddle. Here's a great riddle. But you need to use conditional probability, not a fiddle, to help you pick the right frog in this riddle.
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Who is the Sea Otter Related to?

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners examine the genetic relationships of different organisms. In groups, they discover the importance of genes and how different amino acids show various evolutionary relationships. They use an online database to continue their...
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DNA Evidence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use the Internet to identify DNA and how it determines what we look like. They also explore how law enforcement uses DNA to help them solve crimes. They examine the problems with this identification as well.
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Discipline and Punish

For Students 10th - 12th
In this online interactive psychology worksheet, students respond to 24 multiple choice questions about Foucault's Discipline and Punish. Students submit their answers to be scored.

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