1. Criminal Investigation

    • Grade Range: 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary
    Criminal Investigation is a course that introduces students to the profession of criminal investigations. Students will understand basic functions of criminal investigations and procedures and will learn how to investigate or follow up during investigations. Students will learn terminology and...
  2. Lesson Plan: Professional Attire

    • Resource ID: 13295
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will be introduced to the professional dress and grooming standards expected in LPSCS careers.
  3. Lesson Plan: Scientific Method

    • Resource ID: 13552
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students learn to use the scientific method to solve an investigation, including all the steps of the method and an experiment in forensic analysis.
  4. Lesson Plan: Scientific Reasoning

    • Resource ID: 13554
    • Grade Range: 9, 10, 11, 12
    Scientific reasoning is a skill necessary to forensic science. Forensic scientists need to be able to use scientific reasoning in order to process a crime scene and the evidence found there.
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. Lesson Plan: Role of Forensic Pathologists and Anthropologists

    • Resource ID: 13564
    • Grade Range: 11, 12
    In this lesson, students learn about the role of pathologists and anthropologists in criminal investigations. Students will have the opportunity to research a forensic science related career and create an informational brochure for that career.
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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....
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Lesson Plan: The Bill of Rights and the Criminal Trial Process

    • Resource ID: 13607
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    The Bill of Rights protects the rights of everyone involved in the criminal trial process. Law Enforcement officers must understand the rights in order to protect them. This lesson incorporates scenarios that help students better understand the Bill of Rights.
  15. Lesson Plan: Impact of Supreme Court Cases on Law Enforcement

    • Resource ID: 13611
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will learn about criminal procedures, the Fourth Amendment, Mapp v. Ohio (1961), Terry  v. Ohio (1968), and Tennessee v. Garner (1984). Students will watch a search and seizure video, present about one of the court cases, and determine the primary and secondary evidence in...
  16. Lesson Plan: Civil Criminal Courts

    • Resource ID: 13613
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will learn about civil law and criminal law. Students will also role play a civil or criminal offense and create an advertisement for a civil lawyer or criminal lawyer.
  17. Lesson Plan: Entry into the System - Arrests

    • Resource ID: 13617
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement during arrests of suspects as required by established criminal procedure and case law.
  18. Lesson Plan: Sexual Offenses - Texas Penal Code

    • Resource ID: 13633
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    This lesson introduces students to the various laws associated with crimes that are sexual in nature. 
  19. Lesson Plan: Verbal Communication

    • Resource ID: 13641
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    This lesson is an introduction to the communication skills necessary to work in law enforcement. 
  20. Lesson Plan: Drug Dangers

    • Resource ID: 13649
    • Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
    This lesson describes the most common drugs currently in use today. It discusses the signs and symptoms for each of the drugs, as well as signs of drug use in general.