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Forensic Science

Intro:

“Bear Scare” from One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Science by Eric & Natalie Yoder.  I like this one because it is wintry (and, boy, is it wintry right now!) and the solution relies on the kids knowing that bears hibernate in winter, which I think even the youngest kids will know.  The bigger kids needed a little bit of guidance to get to the answer, but were able to figure it out.

Visual Memory:

 

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We didn’t have time to do this with the older kids.  With the younger kids, I led off with this activity.  First we looked at “Perky Has Got Big Change” from Case Closed?!  40 Mini-Mysteries for You to Solve by Jurg Obrist.

– Arrange 8-10 objects.  Examine for 1 minute.  One partner removes/moves 2-3 objects.  Can the other partner ID them?  Switch.

fingerprintingFingerprints:

“Dirty Fingers” from Case Closed?!  40 Mini-Mysteries for You to Solve by Jurg Obrist.

– making fingerprints w/pencil on cards; analyze own fingerprints and then try to match unknown to known fingerprints

Handwriting Analysis:

With the older kids, I read “The Case of the Last Moreno” from Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald Sobol.  This one also relied on knowledge of cold weather.  Again, it took some prompting, but they figured it out.  This time, I had them retell the story to see if the could pick out the relevant clues.  It was hard to get them to stop shouting out guesses mid-story.

– matching top & bottom halves of notes

– Pen chromatography

chrom-set-up   chrom-strips        

 

Codes:

“The Crypto Caper” from Super Sleuth: Mini-Mysteries for You to Solve by Falcon Travis.  We didn’t have time to do this with either group, but I used it for Boys & Books when we discussed Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook.

 

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