Tried and True: Spooky suspectsby: Lara Pacifici

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This column provides classic demonstrations and experiments with a new twist. This month’s issue presents an option for covering biology content while engaging students in an investigation that highlights the spirit of Halloween. Students are engaged in the story line and have fun trying to solve the mystery kidnapping by using science skills to examine the evidence and eliminate some ghoulish suspects.

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  • on Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:05 PM

I can not wait to try something like this lesson plan in my classroom when Halloween returns next year. This is so personal and engaging to the students and I don't see how any student wouldn't want to be apart of this learning process. Students who love mystery and suspense are going to love this lesson!!!

Robin L
Robin L

  • on Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:09 PM

This article has a Halloween forensics twist that students will love. It takes about 90 minutes and is a great way to get students to do science while they are excited about Halloween. Four experiments are involved to solve the case.

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

  • on Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:39 AM

This is a great activity (especially around Halloween) to introduce macromolecules. The author of this article has included all that is needed to prepare, conduct and understand this activity which is a good intro to the chemistry of biology. There are also suggestions about how to incorporate this activity into a 5E lesson plan. Students will definitely engage in this activity to solve the crime and learn about some properties of these molecules.

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

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