Intro to Forensics

This learning block represents one week’s work. Aim to watch at least one video and choose at least one activity or project to complete. 

There are two videos to choose from about forensics. The first one is shorter, and maybe better for younger kids, the second one is longer and might appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

Now choose an Activity

Fingerprint Investigation

Fingerprints are really important in forensic investigations.

Learn about the types of fingerprints, how to take fingerprints, and how to lift them off of things that have been touched!

Create your own!

You’ll need:

Paper

An Ink pad

A balloon

Tape

Save your project for your portfolio!

If you’re a younger kid, or are learning with a younger kid, you might like to use this video about fingerprints too:

SHoe Print Investigation

Watch this video about how real detectives identify and enhance footprints.

Then, take a few pairs of shoes, go outside, and try making footprints on different surfaces.

Try:

Concrete (sidewalk)

Asphalt

Sand

Dirt

Grass

Mud

Snow (if you have it!)

Gravel

Now look at the footprints and examine them like a detective.

What did you notice and what did you learn? 

Blood Spatter Investigation

Start with the above video on how to make fake blood!

THEN, watch the video below and learn how to analyze blood spatters!

Do the experiment yourself. Take a picture of your blood spatters and add that to your portfolio, with an explanation of what you learned.

 

Ten Detective riddles to Solve

Test your detective skills solving these ten riddles! Have fun!

Books About Mysteries

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library. 

Kid Spy: Mac Undercover Read Aloud

If you like the first two chapters, you can either go to YouTube and listen to the other chapters at St. Matthew’s Library, or, click on the link above and buy the book to read at home!

NOw Let’s Have some fun!