A Microbial Murder Mysteryby: Melissa A. Mitchell and James K. Mitchell

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Forensic investigations are a great way to involve middle school students in the inquiry process. In this activity students decide if the drowning was an accident or murder by examining microscopic evidence from the scene.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
2/1/2002

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  • on Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:51 PM

At the beginning of the article, the authors discuss the various habitats that house microbes. Next they explain the limitations of different diagnostic tests that can be conducted on microbes. Finally they discuss how to set up the lab activity and scenario for the murder mystery. The article provides a handout with the scenario, a lab sheet for recording data, and a set of concluding questions for the students to answer when they have solved the murder mystery. Check out the extra URLs at the end of the article (in the References) too. There are some excellent suggestions, including a virtual tour at Pfizer Corporation’s website.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)


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