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Preparation Overview

Use the chart below as a reference for preparing for the following activities or download the PDF.

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Lesson 1 Heads Up: Observation Skills Student Book pages iii-9 • Sets of practice pictures • Cookie Jar Mystery crime scene photos • Pencils • Read Instructor’s Guide Preface and Introduction • Select and name your suspects
Lesson 2 Think Ink: Ink Chromatography Student Book pages 10-12 • Suspect pens • Isopropyl alcohol • Plastic cups • Foam plates • Plastic straws • Chromatography paper • Pencils • Scissors • Paper clips • Rolls of tape • Make crime scene chromatography strips for each group • Paper Towels
Lesson 3 The White Stuff: White Substances and Toxicology Student Book pages 13-14 • Iodine and dropper • Vinegar • Permanent marker • Dropper bottles • 2,000 mL container • Set of white powders • Black paper squares • Foam plates • Hand lenses • Portion cups • Wooden splints • Pencils • Fill and label dropper bottles with water and vinegar • Set up chemical distribution center • Water
Lesson 4 Pull Some Strings: Fiber Analysis Student Book pages 15-17 • Black fiber samples • Tweezers • Fiber samples cardstock • Wide tape • Hand lenses • Pencils • Unravel fabric samples • Tear pieces of tape
Lesson 5 Hair We Go: Hair Samples Student Book pages 18-20 • Hair samples • Hand lenses • Tweezers • Scissors • Hair samples cardstock • Rolls of tape • Pencils • Set up activity demonstration • Print Hair Slide Transparencies from master on Teacher Resource Thumb Drive • 30 blank transparencies
Lesson 6 Follow The Grain: Pollen Analysis Student Book pages 21-22 • Pollen samples • Hand lenses • Toothpicks • Pollen samples cardstock • Rolls of tape • Pencils • Scissors • Print Pollen Slide Transparencies from master on Teacher Resource Thumb Drive • Cut transparency sheets into columns • Set up activity demonstration • 10 blank transparencies
Lesson 7 Make an Impression: Bite Marks Student Book pages 23-25 Foam cups • Hand lenses • Plastic bag for cut slides • Scissors • Pencils • Rulers • Permanent markers • Print Cookie Transparencies from master on Teacher Resource Thumb Drive • Cut cookie transparences into slides • Paper Towels • 10 blank transparencies
Lesson 8 Bloody Brilliant: Blood Types Student Book pages 26-28 • Simulated blood and anti-sera • Blood exam trays • Permanent markers • Pencils • Toothpicks • Disposable gloves • Blood typing guides • Set up activity demonstration • Lined Paper • Paper Towels
Lesson 9 One of a Kind: Fingerprint Evidence Student Book pages 29-32 • Ink strips • Ink towelettes • Ten cards • Hand lenses • Pencils • Set up activity demonstration
Lesson 10 Crack the Code: DNA Student Book pages 33-36 • 2,000 mL container • Dish soap • Salt • Isopropyl alcohol • Measuring spoons • 250 mL containers • Plastic spoons • Resealable plastic bags • Coffee filters • Plastic cups • Wooden splints • Pencils • Foam plates • Remove any strawberry leaves and stems • Put isopropyl alcohol into the freezer • Put water into the refrigerator • Fresh or Frozen Strawberries • Water
Lesson 11 Let’s Talk: Questioning the Subjects Student Book pages 37-43 • Pencils • Organize groups of students
Lesson 12 Who Dunnit?: Piecing Together the Evidence Student Book pages 51-53 Certificates of Completion • Pencils • Print and fill out Certificates of Completion