Who Killed Myra Mains? Students investigate a mock crime scene in an integrated science unit by: Barbara J. Sandage

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Students become crime scene investigators as they investigate a mock crime scene in an integrated science unit. In this inquiry-based lab, students must formulate and revise scientific explanations, as well as communicate and defend a scientific argument by using the scientific method to solve problems. The activity features skills and knowledge from several sciences, including biology, chemistry, and physical science.

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  • on Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:49 PM

The author presents a creative way to create a problem-based lesson that engaged students while developing their critical thinking skills. Enough information and ideas are presented so that a similar lesson could be duplicated in other classrooms. Students needed to use their skills are dissecting information as well as writing a compelling argument to support their conclusions. All in all a useful and interesting article.

Rebecca Falin  (Elizabeth, WV)
Rebecca Falin (Elizabeth, WV)

  • on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:06 AM

This is an excellent article of how a teacher created a crime scene for her chemistry class to investigate. It has very detailed instructions, objectives and scoring guide.

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

  • on Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:15 PM

This is a great lab idea. It allowed students to not only practice the chemistry they learned in their current class but required them to draw on knowledge from biology, and emphasized common science themes such as data organization, measurements, and inquiry. Creating an actual crime scene probably helped the students visualize their purpose and bring the activity to life. Great example and something to consider for science classes.


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