The gold is gone! Your students must work together in collaborative forensic teams to figure out the thief's identity. Using evidence collected at the scene, students will practice techniques from soil and mineral analysis, document analysis, fabric and fiber analysis, blood analysis, fingerprint analysis, and hair analysis to solve the crime. Kit contains enough materials for 15 groups, and includes a Teacher's Guide as well as reproducible Student Study Guide copymasters. Grades 5-college.
Kit also includes:
3 x 3ml Crime Scene Blood Sample
12 x 3ml Suspect Blood Samples (4 suspects)
3 x 5ml Simulated Anti-B Serum
3 x 5ml Simulated Anti-A Serum
3 x 3ml 0.5M Hydrochloric Acid
3 x 2ml Universal Indicator
24g Crime Scene Soil Sample
4 x 24g Suspect Soil Samples (4 suspects)
3 Universal Indicator Color Charts
5 Plastic Scoops
3 Small Mesh Screens
3 Large Mesh Screens
15 Blood Typing Trays
2 Boxes Microscope Slides
1 Pack Microscope Slide Cover Slips
3 Hand Magnifiers
1 Pack pH Strips
1 Pack Lead Acetate Paper
3 Metal Forceps
1 Crime Scene Fabric Sample
4 Suspect Fabric Samples (4 suspects)
1 Crime Scene Note
4 Suspect Writing Samples (4 suspects)
1 Crime Scene Hair Sample
4 Suspect Hair Samples (4 suspects)
This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.
Suggested Science Idea(s)
Students can use the Who Stole the Gold? Crime Scene Kit to plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
Students can use the Who Stole the Gold? Crime Scene Kit to make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
Students can use the Who Stole the Gold? Crime Scene Kit to plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model.
Students can use the Who Stole the Gold? Crime Scene Kit to analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact, to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
Students can use the Who Stole the Gold? Crime Scene Kit to construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electrons.
Students can use the Who Stole the Gold? Crime Scene Kit to design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems. This process can then be applied to engineering problems.
Students will work together in collaborative forensic teams to collect evidence at the crime scene to figure out the thief's identity. They will utilize a wide variety of lab and observation techniques to solve the crime. The Teacher's Guide and reproducible Student Study Guide copymasters make this inquiry lab ready to go.
The skills used in the activities for this crime scene involve making detailed observations, breaking the problem down into small pieces, and reasoning.
* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.