Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation


Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation introduces students to the fascinating world of forensic science and shows them how to find clues, analyze evidence, and crack the case. Combining hands-on activities with forensic science, kids will have fun learning about the world of forensics, evidence collection, and crime lab analysis. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars
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Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation introduces students to the fascinating world of forensic science and shows them how to find clues, analyze evidence, and crack the case. Combining hands-on activities with forensic science, kids will have fun learning about the world of forensics, evidence collection, and crime lab analysis. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars
illuminate the topic and bring it to life, reinforcing new vocabulary.

Projects include documenting a crime scene, identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter, and extracting DNA. Additional materials include a glossary and a list of current reference works, websites, museums, and science centers. Forensics meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Fans of the many popular crime-scene television programs will feel right at home with this title. After an introduction to the field of forensics, the remaining six chapters look at how evidence is found, identified, and interpreted. "Fingerprints," "Blood," and "Bones and Bodies" focus on physical evidence. The last three chapters consider other types of evidence including residues and forgeries but not cybercrime. Each chapter opens with an anticipatory question. Generous side columns are filled with "Forensic Facts," explanations of forensic careers, and other miscellaneous information. Cartoon illustrations mostly fill up space and sometimes work against the text. The "Inquire & Investigate" activities that conclude each chapter are closely tied to the topic and will give readers hands-on "behind-the-scenes" experience. The instructions can get dense but are not overly technical. The most involved projects are perhaps the DNA extraction activity and the "Shoe Print Impressions." A few activities use open flames and some require readers to find their own recipes for ingredients but provide no URL suggestions. Frequent charts and occasional graphs are needed for record keeping and analysis but no examples are provided. A complete glossary explains the many forensics specific terms. The total package is worthy of consideration.—Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
From the Publisher

Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Winner of a 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award

". . .Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method. . .an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource."
". . .this student directed approach to learning looks at the world of forensic science. The reader is shown how to find clues, analyze evidence and thus crack the case just the way real forensics investigators do. Carla Mooney's approach to this topic is to bring together hands-on investigation with history, science and technology as the young detectives discover how to carefully collect evidence and perform their own crime lab analysis. Designed for middle school students, the projects outlined in this book range from identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter and extracting DNA, to dealing with footprints and tire tracks and finding a forged signature. With entertaining illustrations and informative Forensic Fact sidebars that offer more information about the topic, this book will not only engage the reader but also make the young person want to know more about the subject."

Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”

Clea Koff, forensic anthropologist and author
"Forensics gets at the essence of crime scene investigation. A must-read for any young student interested in how science can help solve crimes.”

Marla Conn, educational consultant
"This title is perfect! Forensics aligns to the Common Core CCR standards for reading informational texts and science/technical subjects.”

James Creecy, DNA Evidence Coordinator, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
"Carla Mooney did her homework! I particularly enjoyed the experiments at the end of each chapter. As a forensic scientist, educator, and parent I am happy to recommend this introduction to the fascinating world of forensics.”

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Forensics and Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) are a hot topic right now. Television and movies show us the CSI professionals at work. In the last few years, I've seen museums with hands on exhibits, as well as schools offering forensic classes in high school, and even middle school. What I hadn't seen was an age appropriate hands-on science book about forensics. Each chapter discusses a different piece of the forensics puzzle, from taking pictures and lifting fingerprints at the crime science, to lab work, to analysis. Mooney does not shy away from the hard fact that crimes are often grisly affairs. While she does not celebrate the macabre, the experiments include studying blood scatter patterns and estimating time of death. Her cool, no nonsense style will be appreciated by teens interested in this branch of science. The illustrations are in comic-strip format. Some show adults investigating a crime, while others show kids working on an experiment. Again, Carbough didn't become scream-ish about showing what he was talking about. In one four-panel strip, a dead-body lies on a morgue table as the crime team investigates. However, since it is a pen and ink drawing, instead of a photo, the crime does not feel scary or gross. This book will be enjoyed by many teens that want to explore CSI, and should be available as a resource book for middle school science fairs. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619301887
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Inquire and Investigate Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 966,475
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World, and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sam Carbaugh is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked with many colleges and companies to create informational comics and illustrations. Sam lives in Grand Rapids, MI.

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