Rogue Rodent Mystery - A Study in Forensic Science - Classroom Kit

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Grades K-1. Engage your budding scientists with this intriguing mystery that really hits home when they need to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of a beloved classroom pet, Alice the guinea pig.

  • Ms. Hawkins said goodbye to her students, put Alice safely back in her enclosure, went to the cafeteria to grab a snack, and returned 20 minutes later to find Alice gone
  • Ms. Hawkins has narrowed the suspects down to 4 - all current students of hers
  • Your students will work together toward the most plausible scenarios and celebrate their findings in the concluding lesson with certificates honoring their work as forensic investigators
  • Consists of 10 lessons, each lasting approx. 1 hour:
    • Lesson 1 - Watch a video taken immediately after Alice was discovered missing and practice observation skills
    • Lesson 2 - Make a rough sketch of a pretend crime scene
    • Lesson 3 - Use photographs, diagrams, and graphs to create a composite sketch of a witness's testimony
    • Lesson 4 - Listen to 4 suspects' alibis, then use matching picture cards to retell each story in sequential order
    • Lesson 5 - Run a simple experiment to make a connection between a force (a rolling ball), and the resulting movement of the object (fallen model skeleton in Ms. Hawkins's classroom)
    • Lesson 6 - Match parts of a shoe print left in the classroom to a larger pattern, and measure the length and width of the shoe print
    • Lesson 7 - Learn more about guinea pigs to better understand how Alice came to be missing, then use the information to make arguments about the potential involvement of each suspect
    • Lesson 8 - Determine which suspect was most likely to have left behind orange paint smudges by mixing together different primary colors of paint, challenging students to follow a procedure in the correct order
    • Lesson 9 - Use balances to literally weigh the evidence of each suspect against one another
    • Lesson 10 - Ties together any loose ends or resolve unanswered questions about the mystery
  • Includes 103-page instructor's guide, introductory video on DVD, teacher resource CD, and essential supplies
  • For 30 students

Item Weight: 16
Age: 5 yrs. - 6 yrs.
Subject Areas: Genetics & Forensic Science
Brand: Community Learning
Assembly Required: false
Grade: Kindergarten - 1
School Type: Elementary School
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