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Lesson Plan

Forensic science

Summary: 
Try different methods of forensic analysis.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Chemistry: Chemical Changes (2, 7)
Activities in this lesson plan: 
Procedure: 

Forensics is the collection and analysis of evidence from the scene of a crime, and includes fingerprints, blood analysis, DNA analysis, document analysis and trace evidence (hair, fibres, paint, glass etc).

Do the activities in any order, to understand some of these methods.

Notes: 

Include chromatography of a black pen, as an example of document analysis. e.g. bank robber hold up note.

School at Columbia did fingerprinting and invisible ink (though this is more of a spy activity).
isas did fingerprinting, hair and trace evidence, then ended with DNA.

Grades taught: 
Gr K
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Site tested: 
ingridscience afterschool
After School Program at Elementary schools in New York City
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

The School at Columbia