Forensic Science

    Date Do Handouts HW
    Feb 27 - March 03 work in the Case Study none, see link to Case Study Due: April 2, 2012 (period 4), April 4 (period 2)


    Important Handouts/projects:

    Q1 Project: Fingerprint portfolio:Download file "fingerprint portfolio.pdf"

    Crime Case Study (Q3 project): Due: April 2, 2012 (period 4), April 4 (period 2)

    Click here for links to electronic resources about Famous Crimes

    Current Event Article Review Assignment - what to do and resource links

    Eyewitness memory problem - assignment page (directions)

    Download file "Gel LAb How  to write report " - How to write this report and general resources to help

    How to read a Dail-O-Gram


    Unit II: At the Crime Scene

    Crime Scene Investigation asks students to use forensic techniques to solve a murder mystery featuring the characters from the game "Clue." We will run this lab Q2. Once we have you may use this as a resource/reference.

    How to Solve a Crime or Mystery is an activity-based Web page that introduces primary-school audiences to forensic science. By completing the 4 activities, the audience learns about forensic science techniques, the history of forensic science, and the educational requirements for the field.

    Police Link: Visual Documentation in Crime Scene Investigations

    How to collect evidence

    Crime scene investigator newtork

    Download file "Crime_Scene power point what to do A to Z.pdf"- Power Point on what to do at a crime scene

    Download file "Crimescene Sketch - how to powerpoint.pdf"- Power Point on how to sketch a crime scene

    Show on how to deal with a crime scene, from securing the scene to logging in evidence.

    Download file "Detailed Info on Crime Scene Sketching.pdf"

    Download file "Crime_Scene  Sketches.pdf" - Examples of a rough and finished sketch

    Unit I: The Age Old Probl
    Forensic Science Online Degree Programsem of Identification: Mutilations, Tattoos, Anthropometry, Fingerprinting

    FS chapter 14 Glossary

    NY Times Links for Fingerprints
    Fingerprint Identification, FBI Kids K-5th Grade – About the FBI – What We Do, a page of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Web site, offers general information to a juvenile audience about forensic techniques that FBI scientists use to solve crimes.
    Image of different print patterns

    FBI: All about finger prints

    History of Finger prints time line

    How does ninhydrin work?

    Download file "fingerprint portfolio.pdf"-due THU 10/6

    Download file "Henry Fingerprint Classification.pdf"

    Download file "Fingerprint Identification.pdf" - They types of ridge characteristics (delta, ridge ending...)

    Download file "CP 14 Crminal ID Finger prints.pdf" - Outline version of the PowerPoint on Finger Prints and Criminal ID (chapter 14).

    Download file "chap 14 (finger prints) reading QS.pdf"- the QS to answer as you read chapter 14

    Download file "ID print projected basic.pdf.pdf"- Basic overview on how to tell difference between L.A.W.

    Download file "FP safe ws.pdf.pdf"- WS Done in class to review how to id print types and compare prints

    Download file "compare prints hand out.pdf.pdf"- Handout showing how to compare prints

    Presentation #1: Fingerprinting Basics (PPT)
    Worksheets: Fingerprinting Basics Student Notes (PDF), My Prints (PDF)

    Presentation #2: Science of Ridges (PPT)
    Worksheet: Science of Ridges Student Notes (PDF)

    Presentation #3: Latent Prints (PPT)
    Worksheet: Latent Prints Student Notes (PDF)

    Reference Card: Fingerprint Basics Card (PDF) - This two-sided handout replaces the worksheets for all of the fingerprint lessons.
    Questions about the reference cards? See the note at the top of this page.

    Fingerprint Guide (PDF) - This one-page handout includes examples for all of the ridge patterns and characteristics discussed in the fingerprinting lessons.

    Other Fingerprinting Resources:

    Fingerprints Online (PDF) - I use this worksheet after the first presentation. Visit the Forensic Science page at the Kid Zone for the sites.

    Fingerprint Challenge (PDF) - Students use their investigative skills to match fingerprint samples.

    Fingerprint Analysis (PPT) - I use this activity with my students to analyze the distribution of fingerprint patterns in each class. After students complete the My Prints worksheet and classify their prints, they complete the top section of the Fingerprint Analysis worksheet. We calculate the percentages for each pattern and discuss how it relates to the expected percentages presented in class. We also analyze the distribution of patterns for males vs. females and discuss the results after students have completed the bottom section of the worksheet.

    My Toe Prints worksheet (PDF) - Students are always interested in examining their toe prints to see how they compare to their fingerprints. Instead of using the incapax from the fingerprint unit, the students create their own "ink" by rubbing pencils on an index card and then pressing it to their toes. They use a piece of clear tape to lift the print and tape it to the correct spot on the worksheet.

    Lip Print Activity (PDF) - Thanks to Dina Sbarra for sharing her lip print mystery activity. Shewent around the school and got lip marks from several teachers at her school on paper and then put them in sheet protectors. She had one teacher also mark their lips on a plastic cup (the criminal that destroyed her room). She toilet papered my room and the students had to find out who did it. She put the lip prints on the screen so they could look at the various types to help them classify the lip prints and identify the one from the culprit.

    Unit IV: Glass Analysis

    What is glass

    Glass Reconstruction Lab

    Download file "Glass FS.ppt"

    Glass Density Lab - Directions

    Refraction of light- online physics book, explains what refraction is and Snell's Law

    mass vs weight - what is the difference between mass and weight, how is density related to this

    Mass, weight and density, explained- what are they and how do they differ

    Unit III: Blood Stain Patterns Analysis

    Download file "Blood Typing Notes & Lab.pdf"- Chapter 8 Notes
    Download file "FS Blood type class notes.pdf" - Notes given in class on chapter 8

    Download file "Blood_spatter_PPT.pdf"- the ppt shown in class on how to process a blood spatter pattern.
    Vector Analysis Lab - direction on how to do this lab

    Blood Typing Game - a fun game about blood type compatibility (ABO).

    Download file "All Blood Lab INFO.pdf" - this pdf file included directions and explains how it works

    Unit VI: Document Examination

    Web Page for lab that does Hand Writing analysis

    What is check washing? - basic info

    National Check Fraud Center - what chemicals are used, what they do

    Security Ink

    Unit VII: DNA and the Law

    Crash Testing

    Download file "crash physics004.pdf"- notes on physics of crashes

    Download file "crash tort005.pdf" - crash between car and truck law case

    Unit VIII: Hair and Fibers

    Hairs & Fibers (PPT)

    Hairs & Fibers Note Worksheet (PDF) - Student worksheet for the presentation.

    Reference Card: Hairs & Fibers (PDF)
    Questions about the reference cards?

    Hair Lab Worksheet (PDF) - Students examine their own hair sample as well as other animal hairs to complete this worksheet.

    Hair & Fiber ID Lab Worksheet (PDF)

    Hair & Fiber Challenge (PDF)

    Unit IX: Impression Evidence

    Introductory Presentation: Impression Evidence (PPT)

    Worksheet: Impression Evidence Notes (PDF)

    Reference Card: Impression Evidence (PDF) -
    Questions about the reference cards?

    Tire Tracks Challenge (PDF) - This lesson idea was submitted by Sandy Powell, a member of the Middle School Science Yahoo Group. The activity challenges students to match tire tracks of 8-10 small toy cars. Teacher information, a student worksheet, and a sample page of my challenge are provided in the download. A PowerPoint is available to introduce the activity and challenge.

    Tool Marks Challenge (PDF) - This activity challenges students to match tool impressions from a set of 12 tools. Teacher information and a student worksheet are provided in the download. Also available ... my challenge page and a PowerPoint to introduce the activity and challenge.

    Need materials for a tool mark identification lab? Visit Precision Forensic Tesing to see their tool mark identification kit. They also offer an accessory kit and poster. Be sure to check out their Basic Firearms and other materials for exploring ballistics.

    Bite Mark Evidence (PDF) - This activity allows students to practice making and analyzing bite mark impressions using stryrofoam plates and a variety of soft candy. This activity goes along with the material presented in the introductory presentation listed above. A PowerPoint is available for this activity.

    Unit X: Facial Reconstruction:

    Forensic Art - article on how it is done (basics)

    Student Work - 2011

    Final Exam Info 2011- topics and what to study