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

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What could be more exciting than turning your students into super sleuths to discover scientific principles and techniques? This unique resource for classroom science teachers gives students the chance to become crime scene investigators with 60 exciting lessons and activity sheets in earth, life, and physical science as well as science inquiry and technology.

Like real-life forensic scientists, students observe carefully, organize and record ...

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Overview

What could be more exciting than turning your students into super sleuths to discover scientific principles and techniques? This unique resource for classroom science teachers gives students the chance to become crime scene investigators with 60 exciting lessons and activity sheets in earth, life, and physical science as well as science inquiry and technology.

Like real-life forensic scientists, students observe carefully, organize and record data, think critically, and conduct simple test to solve crimes ranging from theft and dog-napping to vandalism and water pollution. And for added fun, original cartoon character Investi Gator enlivens the pages as he sleuths his way through each new mystery, sifting evidence and observing details.

All 60 lessons and activities include complete background information with step-by-step procedures for the teacher and reproducible student worksheets. For easy use, all material is printed in a big spiral-bound format that fold flat for photocopying of any page as many times as needed and is organized into four convenient sections:

Inquiry, science, and technology— In section 1, you'll find 16 ready-to-use lessons and activities that help students understand the processes of scientific inquiry and how technology can help as they compare clues from shoeprints in Putting the Wrong Foot Forward&interpret; ...interpret and write coded messages in To Code or Not to Code...or rearrange data in the right sequence when a student accidentally hits the wrong computer key in Disorganized Data.

Earth science— Section 2 offers 14 investigations and accompanying activities that feature water, soil, and fiber samples. Students testinsulating properties of different materials in a camping supply store in The Truth Is in the Proof...compare nitrogen and phosphorus in soil samples in Dirty Clues...and examine soil samples from car tires and suspects' boots in Digging Up Clues.

Life science— In section 3, you'll discover 16 lessons and activities that teach about characteristics of bones, hair, skin, teeth, and DNA. Students compare lip print patterns in Learning from Lipstick...do a hair analysis to find out who stole a dog in A Hairy Situation...and examine teeth impressions in a half-eaten apple in One Bite Too Many.

Physical science- Section 4 provides 14 reproducible investigations and activities that focus on physical and chemical properties. Students must sharpen their observation skills and make careful measurements to resolve unknown substances in The Baffled Baker ...and discover who's been eating candy in class by comparing food dye from different types of candy in Candy Capers.

Whatever your training or experience in teaching science, Crime Scene Investigations can be an intriguing supplement to instruction. You'll find your students will be eager to learn science concepts and solve a mystery at the same time!

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.

Author Biography: 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787966874
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/22/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 428,166
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

About This Book ix
Section 1 Inquiry, Science, and Technology 1
Investigation 1-1 Grade Tampering (Collecting and Comparing Fingerprints)
Investigation 1-2 To Code or Not to Code (Interpreting and Writing Messages in Code)
Investigation 1-3 Corroded Cans (Using Data to Relate Evidence to Explanation)
Investigation 1-4 Being Hip to the Chip (Paint Chip Analysis)
Investigation 1-5 Tricky Tools (Comparing a Tool Mark Cast to Suspect Tools)
Investigation 1-6 Handwriting Hoax (Handwriting Analysis)
Investigation 1-7 Putting the Wrong Foot Forward (Comparing Shoeprints)
Investigation 1-8 Disorganized Data (Organizing Evidence in Sequence)
Section 2 Earth Science 67
Investigation 2-1 The Soil Evidence (Finding Evidence From the Soil)
Investigation 2-2 Pointing Out Pollution (Collecting and Using Data to Detect Water Pollution)
Investigation 2-3 Dirty Clues (Comparing Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Soil Samples)
Investigation 2-4 Dirty Dave (Comparing Soil Samples from Different Locations)
Investigation 2-5 The Sand-Trap Blues (Detecting Pure Sand or Sand Mixtures in Soil Samples)
Investigation 2-6 Digging Up Clues (Comparing Locations of Soil Samples)
Investigation 2-7 The Truth Is in the Proof (Comparing Heat-Retaining Qualities of Various Materials)
Section 3 Life Science 121
Investigation 3-1 A Hairy Situation (Hair Analysis--Human or Animal?)
Investigation 3-2 Learning From Lipstick (Comparing Lip Print Patterns)
Investigation 3-3 "Leafing" the Crime Scene (Comparing Characteristics of Leaves)
Investigation 3-4 A Spooky Crook (Assembling a Human Skeleton)
Investigation 3-5 Pharach's Femur (Using a Bone to Determine a Person's Height)
Investigation 3-6 One Bite Too Many (Comparing Teeth Marks)
Investigation 3-7 Leery of Labels (Determining Fat Content of Margarine)
Investigation 3-8 DNA Net (Using DNA Evidence to Identify a Suspect)
Section 4 Physical Science 191
Investigation 4-1 Where Is Herman the Hamster? (Making a Rough Sketch of a Crime Scene)
Investigation 4-2 Candy Capers (Separating Water-Soluble Food Eye Into Colors)
Investigation 4-3 Stepping Into Crime (Analyzing Footprints to Determine Sequence of Events)
Investigation 4-4 Fibers Don't Fib (Comparing Fibers)
Investigation 4-5 You're in Deep Trouble (Conducting Tests on Synthesized Urine)
Investigation 4-6 Guilty of Graffiti (Separating Colors of Water-Soluble Inks)
Investigation 4-7 The Baffled Baker (Identifying Unknown Powders)
Glossary 247
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