Quick summary: In this lesson, students will use what they have learnt about forensic science to create a crime scene scenario to be solved by other students. They will then present their crime scenes to other students, explain how to collect and analyse the evidence present and get the other students to try and solve the crime.
- Students will work in groups to plan a crime scene and then get other students to try and solve it
- Students will share their knowledge of forensic science and the skills they have learnt to other students.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 10 Science
- Scientific understanding, including models and theories, is contestable and is refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
- People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE194)
Syllabus outcomes: SC5-12ES, SC5-13ES
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding
Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students evaluate the validity and reliability of claims made in secondary sources with reference to currently held scientific views, the quality of the methodology and the evidence cited. They construct evidence-based arguments and select appropriate representations and text types to communicate science ideas for specific purposes.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work work: Real-life CSI – Secondary
Time required: 180 mins (split between three, 60 min lessons).
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – the students should now have all the knowledge and skills they need to complete this task relatively independently, with minimal guidance from you.
- Another class to be willing participants in having your class explain to them how to analyse a crime scene
- By the end of the planning phase of this lesson and, each group will order from you the materials they need to construct their crime scene in the construction part of the lesson. If the materials aren’t available, they will need to come up with alternatives or provide them themselves
For the “solving” lesson, each group will need their crime scenes. You will also need:
- Lab coats
Keywords: forensic science, crime scene investigation, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, STEM, evidence, trace evidence, fingerprints, impressions, blood splatter, Kastle-Meyer test, hair, DNA, genetics, DNA profiling, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, forensic psychology, lies, lie detection, memory, eyewitness testimony, photofits, police line ups, reliability.
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