Lesson Plan

Crime Scene Investigation

CSI in the Classroom
Crystal D.
Classroom teacher
Cabell County Career Technology Center (Huntington, WV)
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will be able to...

Identify elements of a crime scene investigation using technology based simulated investigations.

Document elements used in a crime scene investigation in a final written crime scene report via Edmodo.

English Language Arts
using supporting evidence
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

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

Activity: Investigating

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

Activity: Investigating

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. 

5 Wrap-Up

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.