Crime Scene Investigation
CSI is a popular crime scene investigation show that tends to catch everyones attention. Students will watch clips from the show that introduce important CSI tactics that will be taught in this lesson. Students will then discuss these tactics as a class.
We watch some clips of examples of Crime Scene Investigations.
- What are they looking for when they enter the crime scene?
- What tools are used during the investigation?
- Do you think crime scenes are portrayed accurately in the video as it would be in real life?
2 Direct Instruction
Students will be directed to the website: CSI: The Experience Web Adventures. They will complete all Five cases, following app instructions.
3 Guided Practice
Students will access the study guides from Drop Box to work through the crime scene cases on the CSI: The Experience Web Adventures website. Each study guide includes questions on different forensic topics such as: DNA, Toxicology, Firearms & ToolMarks, and Medical Examiner information.
CSI Web Adventures Name _____________________________
Go to http://forensics.rice.edu/ and click the section for “Case One: Rookie Training” to find the answers to
complete this worksheet. Answer the Quick Poll question and click “Play game”.
1. Go to the “Forensic Biology” section and choose “Follow Greg” to answer these questions.
A. What is DNA? Answer these questions as you work through this section.
What does the abbreviation DNA represent? _________________________________ _________
Where is the DNA located in a cell? ________________________
Choose the three correct about DNA.
How can forensic scientists use DNA in a crime? ________________________________________________
Which suspect matches the sample from the crime scene? ________________________
B. What is a DNA Profile? Answer these questions as you work through this section.
Complete: A DNA profile is a _______________ of one person’s genetic information.
What does CODIS represent? ________________________________________________________________
How many markers are used to make a DNA profile? ________
4 Independent Practice
Once students have completed the study guides for the five cases. They will work individually to solve the bath tup investigation using a computer, tablet, iPad, etc. The link is as followed:
A body is found in a bathtub. Was it an accident or not? Join the investigation now and help crack the case.
Upon completing the final bathtub investigation, students will write up a final crime scene investigation report including all evidence and tactics used. They will submit the report via Edmodo. Students share their findings in class and compare with others.