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

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6687-4
272 pages
July 1999, Jossey-Bass
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Turn your elementary students into super sleuths with the 60 exciting lessons and worksheets in this unique resource! All 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 sections covering Inquiry & Technology...Earth Science...Life Science...and Physical Science.
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About This Book.

SECTION 1: Inquiry, Science, and Technology.

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

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

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

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

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

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 1­-6: Handwriting Hoax (Handwriting Analysis).

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

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

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.

SECTION 2: Earth Science.

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

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

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

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

Teacher Information.

Purpose of Investigation, Notes to the Teacher, Background,

Materials, Answer Key, NSTA Objectives that apply

Reproducible Student Investigator Pages

The Crime, Procedure, Conclusion Questions

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

Teacher Information.

Purpose of Investigation, Notes to the Teacher, Background, Materials, Answer Key, NSTA Objectives that apply.

Reproducible Student Investigator Pages.

The Crime, Procedure, Conclusion Questions.

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

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

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.

SECTION 3: Life Science.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

SECTION 4: Physical Science.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 4­-7: The Baffled Baker (Identifying Unknown Powders).

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.

Glossary.

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Pam Walker (B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S.) has taught science in grades 9-12 for the past 16 years.

Elaine Wood (A.B., M.S., Ed.S.) has 10 years' experience teaching secondary science. Both authors currently teach science at Alexander High School, Douglasville, Georgia.

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