Science Sampler: Forensic metricsby: Nancy Bort

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Students have a blast pretending to be crime scene investigators as they use metric measurement for problem solving and inquiry in this exciting activity. Students use measuring equipment, collect data, and make inferences based on the evidence collected.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
9/1/2005

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Reviews (3)
  • on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:13 AM

This article describes how a teacher set up small crime scenes and students measured the items found using metric measurements. They drew the crime scene and listed what was found. The main idea of the lesson is to measure using metrics, but it is done in an interesting way using a CSI theme.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:49 PM

The lesson presented in this journal article is simple and very do-able. I like the use of CSI type forensics in determining the mass, length and volume (maybe even density) of the objects found at a crime scene. This lesson plan idea puts an interesting spin on helping students develop measuring skills. I hope to incorporate this lesson into my beginning of the year measurement unit. The only drawback I may have will be in finding enough space to set up the crime scenes within our already crowded school.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

  • on Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:56 AM

Set in a crime scene situation students use their skill to measure objects left at the scene. The author describes what they are responsible for in terms of a ‘crime scene’ without a body. Students are judged by their accuracy of measurement. This is an interesting twist on forensics but it fits into the need to make correct measurements. More information would have made it easier to replicate this kind of activity.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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