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TV Forensics: What Do CSIs Actually Do?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
TV dramas tend to exaggerate the forensic science components. Learn what true forensic chemistry looks like in an installment of a larger series covering reactions. Viewers see that chromatography, mass spectrography, and methodical...
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Forensic Science: Case of the Missing Diamond Maker

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
Someone stole a diamond-making machine. Who done it? Scholars use forensic science at six different stations to determine the culprit. They analyze fingerprints, use their senses, and complete chemistry experiments to determine the...
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Forensic Tests

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Flame tests determine if there is a specific metal in a chemical compound. Young forensic scientists review their understanding of flame tests and hydroxide precipitates by solving puzzles. The timed review encourages mastery.
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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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Forensic Sciences: A Crime Scene Investigation Unit

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Mr. Bergman has been murdered and we need you to solve the crime! The cross-curricular unit covers 11 different types of forensic science and includes 17 activities. Scholars perform blood type analysis, blood spatter analysis, height...
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Forensics: Get a Clue

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Although the methods are all scientific, forensic science was started by police officers rather than scientists, who relied on observation and common sense. Young detectives use many tools to solve crimes around the school in a...
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The Wildlife Forensics Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can science put an end to the poaching of endangered species? Show your young forensic experts how biotechnology can help save wildlife through an exciting electrophoresis lab. Grouped pupils analyze shark DNA to determine if it came...
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Fly Forensics

For Students 7th - 12th
Freddy's Friendly Fruit Market is under attack by fruit flies, and it is up to your aspiring biologists to solve the crime! By reading and analyzing the phenotypes, detectives determine which fly is responsible. This memorable assignment...
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Tech: Medical Forensics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore what it takes to be a forensic scientist or pathologist. They view a PowerPoint, discuss what education and skills are needed to succeed as a pathologist. They play a game to test their observation skills, a skill...
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What is Forensic Science? Website and Worksheets

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this science website and worksheets, students read the definitions and applications of forensic science. They read about DNA, fingerprints, and handwriting analysis. They carry out an ink chromatography experiment and record the...
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Early Forensics and Crime-Solving Chemists

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Amazing historical crime scene photos and information is shared by Deborah Blum, an author who has done a tremendous amount of homework on forensic science! Perhaps you could show this to upcoming chemists as you are inspiring them to...
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DNA Forensics and Color Pigments

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use food coloring in electrophoresis. The last segment in a four-part series mimics DNA fingerprinting by using chromatography. Teams conduct chromatography on food coloring to find colors that use similar pigmentation in their makeup.
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Forensic Scientists: Identifying Unknown Substances

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
While some forensic tests can be completed in an hour, many take months to run. The lesson starts with a discussion of forensics at crime scenes and the various specializations that it encompasses. Then scholars complete an experiment...
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DNA Fingerprinting

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The chances of a DNA mismatch occurring in DNA fingerprinting is one in a billion. Here learners see how using the differences in people's DNA, specifically Short Tandem Repeats (STRs), cutting them out using restriction enzymes, and...
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Case of the Crown Jewels

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can your biology class crack the Case of the Crown Jewels? Junior forensics experts try their hands at DNA restriction analysis in an exciting lab activity. The lesson introduces the concept of restriction analysis, teaches pipetting and...
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Forensics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
If there is one word in all the English language that gets me pumped, it's forensics. Young super sleuths and spies will love investigating the invisible ink used to write a secret message, considering and categorizing fingerprints, and...
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Who Is It?/Who Done It?

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners conduct an experiment that allows them to assess individual differences in random DNA sequences and apply those differences when solving a forensic problem. After discussing the polymerase chain reaction and its use to identify...
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Interdisciplinary Applications of Chemistry Through Engineering in Modern Medicine

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the different techniques used in forensic science. In this chemistry lesson, students investigate a fictional crime and identify the culprit. They create a brochure or collage career bulletin.
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Name That Tune: Matching Musical Tones Through Waveform Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils detect the waveform of musical notes to determine the code for the "safe" in this forensics simulation lesson plan. They use a microphone and tuning forks along with Vernier EasyData on their graphing calculator to analyze five...
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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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Spectrometry

For Students 9th - 12th
Your class' curiosity will peak during this video about the process of spectrometry. Young chemists discover how spectrometry assists forensic chemists in determining the identity of unknown substances, as well as how it played a role in...
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Textual Analysis: Forensic Science Files: Handwriting Analysis

For Teachers 6th Standards
Learn to analyze handwriting samples in a textual analysis lesson. Middle schoolers complete a textual analysis procedure based on the text Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. They also provide supporting evidence for their work.
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Forensic Files: A DNA Dilemma

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Seventh-graders come in to science class to find a file on their desks detailing a crime to be solved! As a demonstration, you simulate the restriction of DNA samples and separate them by electrophoresis. From the gel, learners can...
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Measuring Length

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Your young forensic scientists add to and strengthen their measurement and conversion skills with these seven well-scaffold worksheets. Metric conversions, measuring length, area, and volume, reading thermometers, graduated cylinders,...

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