CSI: The Experience - Family Forensics

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 blood spatter demonstration, a DNA extraction from a strawberry, and a fingerprint examination.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Consider working with the science department to conduct the DNA testing activity
  • Extend learning by engaging the class in a discussion after each activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Crime-based scenarios may be disturbing for some pupils; use with discretion
Pros
  • Keeps scholars interested in the subject and makes concepts more meaningful and memorable
  • Requires easy-to-find materials, such as strawberries for the DNA activity
Cons
  • None