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Preparation Overview

Use the chart below as a reference for preparing for the following activities

Lesson Print/Copy Organize Kit Supplies Prepare Acquire Additional Supplies
Lesson 1 Figuring Out Forensics: Organization and Observation Student Book pages iii-3 • Black marker • Plastic coins • Plastic cups • Paper bags • Textured objects • Pencils • Rulers • Hand lenses • Organize bags of textured objects • Count coins into cups  
Lesson 2 Securing the Scene: Collecting Evidence Student Book pages 4-6 • Crime scene tape • Measuring tape • Masking tape • Black marker • Graph paper • Sand • Membership card • Wipes • Lotion • Pencils • Rulers • Organize the mock crime scene in your room • Create a mock crime scene sketch – make copies for each student • Attach crime scene tape across doorway  
Lesson 3 Powder Power: Solutions or Suspensions Student Book pages 7-15 • Black markers • Masking tape • Portion cups • Wipes • Container • Vinegar • Funnel • Dropper bottles • Wooden splints • Plastic cups • Dark construction paper • Tablespoon • White powders (baking soda, Plaster of Paris, powdered sugar, salt) • Light colored construction paper • Pencils • Hand lenses • Foam plates • Scissors • Organize powders into portion cups and place on labeled construction paper • Fill and label dropper bottles with water and vinegar • Set up demonstration area • Water
Lesson 4 Natural or Not: Fiber Identification Student Book pages 16-19 • Black fabrics (nylon, acetate, cotton, wool) • Aluminum tray • Container • Votive candles • Tweezers • Metal tongs • Wide tape • Black marker • Light colored construction paper • Scissors • Pencils • Hand lenses • Cut and prepare fabric samples on labeled construction paper • Tear pieces of tape and set on edges of student desks or tables • Fill the container with water as a safety precaution • Set up pyrolysis demonstration • Matches
Lesson 5 Tracking the Tires: Tread Patterns Student Book pages 20-24 • Wipes • Masking tape • Rulers • Re-closable bags • Modeling clay • Pencils • Tire sample • Hand lenses • Foam plates • Photos of tread evidence and cast of tread evidence • 8 oz. plastic dish • Plaster of Paris tub • Portion cups • Plastic spoon • Cup of water • Separate modeling clay into bags for each group of students • Make a mold/cast at least 1 hour before class begins • Set up demonstration area to make a second mold/cast • Cooking spray • Paper towels • Water • Scissors
Lesson 6 Digging for Dirt: Soil Samples Student Book pages 25-27 • Soil samples (sandy soil, clay, loam) • Wipes • Black marker • Portion cups • Container • Dropper bottles • Foam plates • Tablespoon • Pencils • Hand lenses • Wooden splints • Label portion cups and scoop soil samples • Fill dropper bottles with water • Set up foam plates with soil samples for each group • Paper Towels • Water
Lesson 7 Cast a Clue: Shoe Print Evidence Student Book pages 28-33 • Scrub brushes • Shoe shine sponges • Paint brushes • Dusting powder • Photos of crime scene shoe print • Portion cups • Wipes • Hand lenses • Pencils • Fill portion cups with dusting powder • Set up shoe printing stations • Paper Towels • Blank Copy Paper
Lesson 8 Crack the Code: Cryptograms Student Book pages 34-39 • Index cards • Black marker • Masking tape • Photos of coded note • Pencils • Write letters and numbers on index cards for deciphering cryptogram  
Lesson 9 Lifting Lips: Lip Prints Student Book pages 40-45 • Portion cups • Wooden splints • Powder (cornstarch) • Lipstick • Petroleum jelly • Wide tape • Index cards • Black marker • Wipes • Photos of lip print on Envelopes • Pencils • Mirrors • Feathers • Rulers • Hand lenses • Crayons • Rolls of tape • Tissues • Scoop lipstick and petroleum jelly into portion cups for each student • Fill portion cups with powder • Label index cards with lip print patterns  
Lesson 10 Proof in Profiling: DNA Identification Student Book pages 46-48 • DNA strands handouts • Envelopes • Scissors • Rolls of tape • Pencils • Photos of blood drops from crime scene • Set up DNA cutting demonstration  
Lesson 11 Suspicious Statements: Means, Motive, Opportunity Student Book pages 49-50 • Pencils • Organize groups of students  
Lesson 12 Case Closed: Analyzing Evidence Student Book pages 51-53 Certifications of Completion • Pencils • Print out and fill in the Certificates of Completion