Crime Scene Detective: Using Science and Critical Thinking to Solve Crimes

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Watch the excitement ripple through your classroom as students use their intellect to find out who committed the “crime” at your school. Enliven your students as they practice critical thinking skills. Students often are taught skills such as the scientific method, scientific research, critical thinking, making observations, analyzing facts, and drawing conclusions in isolation. Studying forensic science allows students to practice these skills and see theories put into practice by using circumstances that model ...
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Overview

Watch the excitement ripple through your classroom as students use their intellect to find out who committed the “crime” at your school. Enliven your students as they practice critical thinking skills. Students often are taught skills such as the scientific method, scientific research, critical thinking, making observations, analyzing facts, and drawing conclusions in isolation. Studying forensic science allows students to practice these skills and see theories put into practice by using circumstances that model real-life events, while letting students explore a variety of career options.

This exciting unit includes:
• background information on forensics,
• exploration of careers in forensic science and law enforcement,
• a simulation involving a fire in the school library, and
• instructions for writing your own crime scene simulation.

To crack the case, students examine evidence left at the scene, interview suspects (staff members), and use critical thinking to connect all of the clues and eliminate suspects. Students will feel like real investigators with this true-to-life simulation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883055585
  • Publisher: Dandy Lion Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Karen K. Schulz received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and mathematics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1984. She received a master’s degree in teaching from Webster University in 1989. In 1996, she earned her gifted certification from Webster University. She currently teaches at Wildwood Middle School in the Rockwood School District. Karen has been teaching middle school gifted education since 1993.

Over the years, Karen has presented her forensic science curriculum at numerous gifted education conferences. In 2001, Karen received the national Education’s Unsung Hero Award from ING Northern Annuity for her work in developing a forensic science curriculum for her classroom. In the fall of 2005, she won a national competition sponsored by Olympus America and Tool Factory, for her continuing work with forensics in the classroom.

Karen lives in Ballwin, MO, with her husband Jim, their daughter Taylor, and their son Matthew.
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