LESSON LAUNCH: Crime Scene Investigation and the Scientific Method
In the second installment of LESSON LAUNCH, POWER ON TEXAS’ weekly focus on innovative lesson plans that integrate educational technology and project-based learning, we are putting the spotlight on the scientific method. Created by Jarvie Stroupe at Arp Junior High School, Arp ISD, the “CSI and the Scientific Method” eighth grade lesson plan teaches the six basic steps of the scientific method, set against the backdrop of popular crime scene investigation televisions shows.
Ms. Stroupe designed an engaging two-day science project which utilized video clips, her class blog, Whiteboard activities and plenty of brainstorming and group work.
Ms. Stroupe began the exercise by showing her students clips of crime solving scenes from CSI Miami then having them brainstorm ways that they believe detectives use science to help solve cases. From there, her students split into groups, selected their team roles and began internet research for the six basic steps of the scientific method.
Once the class had identified the correct scientific method steps, each group thought about how they would investigate a crime scene and the steps they would take to answer the whos? whats? wheres? whens? and hows? of a crime. The students wrote down clues that can be used to solve a crime, like blood and finger prints, and then decided which clues would be the most effective. The students then researched and created their own crime scene “observation grids.”
On the second day of the project, Ms. Stroupe presented a presentation on fingerprinting on the Interactive Whiteboard, then announced that her students would be using the scientific methods they had been investigating to solve a crime. She had her students fingerprint themselves and then use the fingerprinting identification methods they had discussed to discover who in the class had “committed the crime.”
By using classroom technology and an interactive lesson plan, Ms. Stroupe was able to engage her students with a fun activity that put their problem solving skills to the test.
You can find Ms. Stroupe’s “CSI and the Scientific Method” lesson plan here, as well as see her young investigators in action in the accompanying POWER ON TEXAS lesson video.%%anc%%
We’ll see you back here next week with another innovative lesson plan that shows how educational technology is transforming classrooms across Texas and helping schools POWER ON.