1. Lesson Plan: Using the Scientific Methods

    • Resource ID: 13556
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    The ability to use scientific methods is a critical skill in problem solving and forensic science. An investigator will use scientific methods to analyze evidence, determine what happened at a crime scene, and to narrow down a suspect pool. Through this lesson, students will use dimensional...
  2. Lesson Plan: History of Forensic Science

    • Resource ID: 13562
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    Forensic science is the application of science to criminal and civil law making the scientist in the crime laboratory an active participant in the criminal justice system.  An understanding of the origin and development of forensic science is imperative for effective communication in the courtroom...
  3. Lesson Plan: Forensic Glass Analysis

    • Resource ID: 13571
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    Glass fragments located at a crime scene can be essential to determining the identity and sometimes the location of a suspect. However, in all cases, the forensic scientist is required to draw comparison samples and determine the class or category of the glass sample or glass fragment. In this...
  4. Lesson Plan: Trace Evidence - Hair and Fiber

    • Resource ID: 13574
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    Trace evidence examination is often challenged in court for its uncertainty. Nonetheless, characterization of hair and fiber evidence has played an important role in providing investigative leads in many criminal cases. It is not to be replaced in its entirety by DNA analysis, but to be used...
  5. Lesson Plan: DNA - Deoxyribonucleic Acid

    • Resource ID: 13590
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will experiment with DNA, one of the most valuable tools to verify identities, exclude suspects, and solve crimes. This lesson includes a laboratory experiment.
  6. Lesson Plan: Development of Latent Prints

    • Resource ID: 13586
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will learn about the different types of fingerprints and the chemicals used to pick them up at crime scenes. A lab is included. 
  7. Lesson Plan: Questioned Documents

    • Resource ID: 13596
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    Document examination is a well-respected field of scientific study. Crimes such as forgeries and counterfeiting are on the rise. As these increases so does the need for the field of questioned documents. This field allows us to analyze handwriting, forgeries, typescript documents, and counterfeits...
  8. Lesson Plan: Law Enforcement - Forensic Anthropology

    • Resource ID: 13600
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will learn about forensic anthropology, excavation, forensic odontology, decomposition, and forensic entomology. Students will conduct a human anthropology lab, forensic odontology lab, and forensic entomology lab.
  9. Lesson Plan: Controlled Substances

    • Resource ID: 13594
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    This lesson will identify and categorize controlled substances and common drugs, and show how forensic science is used to fight crimes of this type.
  10. Lesson Plan: Careers in Forensic Science

    • Resource ID: 13558
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    This lesson explores the history, legal aspects, and career options within forensic science. It also guides students to identify and illustrate roles, functions, and responsibilities of professionals in the criminal justice system, including crime scene investigators, criminalist, attorneys, and...
  11. Lesson Plan: Forensic Serology

    • Resource ID: 13588
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    This lesson introduces students to forensic serology. Forensic serology is the detection and the classification of various types of human bodily fluids such as blood, semen, and saliva. Serology can also involve the identification of bloodstain patterns at a crime scene, which can not only tell who...
  12. Lesson Plan: Firearms and Tool Marks

    • Resource ID: 13598
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In some cases, a single bullet or tool mark can reveal many clues that will eventually lead investigators to a suspect. This lesson familiarizes students with firearms/tools marks and its analysis.
  13. Lesson Plan: Footwear Impressions

    • Resource ID: 13580
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    Impression evidence found at the crime scene often provides important investigative leads. In addition to defining class characteristics, it can also provide unique, individual characteristics that may lead to a specific source. This lesson is a lab in which students explore footwear impressions....
  14. Lesson Plan: Forensic Toxicology

    • Resource ID: 13592
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will learn about forensic toxicology, the role of the toxicologist, collecting and preserving toxicological evidence, and techniques used to measure toxicology. Students will also conduct a chromatography lab and compute blood alcohol levels.
  15. Lesson Plan: Forensic Use of Light

    • Resource ID: 13576
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students learn how to use a UV light to collect evidence. Students will complete a lab experience to better understand this process.
  16. Lesson Plan: Taking Fingerprints - Tenprint

    • Resource ID: 13584
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will participate in a lab experience in taking and comparing fingerprints.
  17. Lesson Plan: Ethical Standards in Forensic Science

    • Resource ID: 13560
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will research and create a presentation over the code of ethics and professional practices in the field of forensic science.
  18. Lesson Plan: Legal Systems

    • Resource ID: 13567
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will understand the importance of crime scene evidence and the different divisions who handle evidence from collection to courtroom.
  19. Lesson Plan: Forensic Paint Analysis

    • Resource ID: 13578
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students get an overview of paint elements and the steps involved in forensic paint analysis. The lesson also includes a paint layer determination lab.
  20. Lesson Plan: History of Fingerprinting

    • Resource ID: 13582
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    This lesson gives students an introduction to fingerprinting and includes the history and development of fingerprinting.