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Lesson Plan

Forensic science

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: 

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.


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
Teaching Site: 
ingridscience afterschool
After School Program at Elementary schools in New York City
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

The School at Columbia