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Cookie Jar Mystery: A Study in Forensic Science Summer Camp Kit for Grades 4-5


Price:
$699.00
SKU:
CJM1100-SC
Shipping:
$35.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

Product Description

This fun, interactive, project-oriented forensic science course is designed to engage students Grades 4-5 in this truly fascinating area of science!  Your students will become immersed in roles as crime scene investigators as they work together examining and analyzing evidence needed to solve the mystery of the broken cookie jar!

Crime Scenerio

A crime has occurred in Mrs. Randall’s classroom! Her favorite cookie jar was broken and some of her homemade cookies were eaten. While breaking a cookie jar and snitching a few cookies are hardly serious crimes, they are nevertheless crimes that can be solved using a forensic science approach.

Mrs. Randall turns this misfortune into opportunity and calls in a “Chief Crime Scene Investigator” (your teacher) to lead her “forensics team” (your students) in how to use the tools of forensic science in analyzing clues left at the crime scene. Each student member of this investiagstive team is tasked with solving the mystery through scientific observation, sample examination, analysis, lab work, testing, interviews, and field work.

How it Works

To draw the students into the mystery, the instructor sets the stage by recounting Mrs. Randall’s intriguing tale. In advance, the instructor creates names for the four student suspects—names that students will find believable. These names replace “Suspects 1 – 4” used throughout the course materials.

To learn more about the lesson activities take a look at the Lessons tab on this page.

What's Included

The Classroom version of the Cookie Jar Mystery includes a comprehensive 110 page Instructor's Guide, Teacher Resource CD which includes student handouts, supply list and training tutorials, and the essential supplies to conduct experiments with your class. 

All the supplies included and needed to be acquired locally are listed on the Components tab on this page.

Preparing to Teach

Instructors will find The Cookie Jar Mystery easy and fun to teach. Each lesson provides 1-3 activities that teaches a new but related aspect of scientific reasoning and a particular scientific process.  The text is easy to read and understand, the set-ups are detailed and uncomplicated, and the processes and procedures are clearly explained in each lesson plan. 

In addition, we've created a series of video tutorials to accompany each lesson located on the Tools for Teaching tab on this page. 

Lessons

Course Outline

The Cookie Jar Mystery is comprised of 12 lessons, designed each to take approximately 1-hour, for a class of 30 students. Your class size and ability level will determine the ultimate pace for the materials.

Lesson 1: Heads Up-Observation Skills

You can't believe your eyes or can you? Budding CSI investigators love to explore the challenge of visual memory and eyewitness testimony in this activity of "Did You See That?"

Lesson 2: Think Ink-Ink Chromatography

The telltale composition of ink can help CSIs identify the perpetrator when students make their own ink chromatographs. Easy-to-follow instructions lead the way in your classroom's forensics laboratory.

Lesson 3: The White Stuff-White Substance and Toxicology

Take a powder, please! Students get a closer look at the differences in white substances (Of course they're all non-toxic!) and at the world of poison science in this riveting research.

Lesson 4: Pull Some Strings-Fiber Analysis

Can scientific analysis of fibers help identify our thief? Students use pocket hand lenses to get up close and personal with fiber analysis, and learn to distinguish between class evidence and direct (conclusive) evidence.

Lesson 5: Hair We Go-Hair Sample

Who knew hair could be so complex? In this activity, can our junior gumshoes match a hair sample to the correct suspect? This absorbing inquiry will have students scratching their heads (and plucking their own hair!) as they delve deeper into the Cookie Jar Mystery.

Lesson 6: Follow the Grain-Pollen Analysis

Achoo! Pollen as evidence? Learners explore another form of trace evidence that often tells where something happened. Students do the legwork in the field as they practice with this essential tool.

Lesson 7: Make an Impression-Bite Marks

Surprisingly simple materials provide all you need for another great lesson in comparing and contrasting for students to "sink their teeth into."

Lesson 8: Bloody Brilliant-Blood Types

Of course, it's not real blood - but we do provide blood evidence substitute that encourages learners to handle evidence just like genuine CSI laboratory technicians. This lesson in blood typing provides a great jump start for future scientists, geneticists and crime scene detectives.

Lesson 9: One of a Kind-Fingerprint Evidence

Oh, the things we leave behind! Everything you always wanted to know about whorls and ridges, fingerprinting technique and more with authentic Ten Cards for each student to make a record of his/her prints.

Lesson 10: Crack the Code-DNA

Learning to unravel the mystery of our genetic code is revealed in this straightforward explanation and lesson helps learners narrow the field of suspects.

Lesson 11: Let's Talk-Questioning Our Suspects

A lie detector isn't the only way of getting at the truth! In this lesson, our junior CSI detectives learn the meaning of the "norm" and how knowing the norm helps sort truth tellers from liars. Students also return to the "scene of the crime" for another look.

Lesson 12: Who Dunnit?-Examining & Analyzing All the Evidence

Means, motive and opportunity all come together in this culminating activity that encourages students to put all of the puzzle pieces together and finally solve the Cookie Jar Mystery!

Components

What's Included?

The Summer Camp version of the Cookie Jar Mystery contains an Instructor Guide, Resource CD. Printed packet of all student handouts, and every supply item necessary to teach a class of up to 30 students. This includes unique items like simulated blood and chromotography paper to scissors and pencils. 

Instructor’s Guide 

Every step is taken to provide an easy-to-follow format and informative, fun-to-read instructions for each lesson. In addition to a brief listing of objectives, materials, and set-up procedures, useful icons point the instructor to a number of key elements:

Notes for the Instructor: Brief instructor notes introduce the subject matter and challenges presented in the particular lesson. They often contain real-life, age-appropriate examples from crime in history or popular culture. 

Notes for the Students: These notes “set the stage” for each lesson by presenting brief material to read, listen to, and discuss.

Vocabulary: New and relevant terms are defined here. Note, too, the comprehensive “Glossary” at the end of the Instructor’s Guide and Student Books.

Activity Description: Here, step-by-step procedures are provided for both the instructor’s demonstration and the students’ immersion in the activity.

Wrap-up: Discussion-provoking questions and summary-type activities are designed to revisit the day’s learning and help students take their inquiry further.

Clean-up: Clear instruction on preserving and storing materials is provided to ensure kit longevity and cost effectiveness.

Other Destinations: To extend lessons and deepen understanding across disciplinary and cultural divides, relevant links to multimedia, web resources, and fun at-home or extension activities are provided here.

Resource CD

The Teacher Resource CD for the Cookie Jar Mystery includes all the copy masters for student handouts, activities, lesson extensions like crossword puzzles to reinforce newly learned used vocabulary and learning aides. Links to forensic videos and other multimedia resources provide authentic lesson extensions in addition to teacher tutorials for each hands-on activity. 

Supplies

Packed and labeled, each supply item and tools needed to solve the mystery is organized in a way that makes the course easy to teach again and again. Among some of these materials are: simulated blood serum, hair, fiber, and pollen samples, chromatography paper, suspect pens, tweezers, and hand lenses!

The Cookie Jar Mystery Summer Camp Kit Includes:

1 x Instructor’s Guide 1 x Teacher Resource CD
1 x Shrink wrapped packet of handouts 1 x Simulated blood and anti-sera
100 x Chromatography paper 1 x White powder samples (set of 5)
Starter Set of Transparancies 3 x Suspect pens (set of 4)
16 x 250 mL Beakers 1 x Plastic Bag for Bite Slides
1 x Hair samples (set of 5) 100 x Plastic straws
50 x Blood exam trays 15 x Hand lenses
1 x Isopropyl Alcohol 1 x Box of paper clips
1 x Packing Tape 100 x Wooden splints
1 x Box of toothpicks 50 x Black paper squares
36 x Pencils 50 x Portion cups
1 x 2,000 mL Beaker 20 x Dropper bottles with lids
15 x Permanent markers 32 x Styrofoam cups
16 x Rolls of transparent tape 32 x Ink strips
15 x Rulers 50 x Disposable gloves
15 x Measuring spoon set 1 x Dish soap
15 x Tweezers 1 x Pollen samples (set of 5)
50 x Coffee Filters 1 x Plastic Dropper
16 x Plastic bags and spoons 130 x Plastic cups
1 x Vinegar 32 x Ink towelettes
1 x Iodine 1 x Black fiber samples (set of 5)
12 x Student scissors  1 x Container of salt

 

 

 

Tools for Teaching

Preparing to Teach

To help your teachers get off to a great start, we created the following tutorials that demonstrate activity set-ups.

Click to quickly access training resources for:

Lesson 1 Lesson 5 Lesson 9
Lesson 2 Lesson 6 Lesson 10
Lesson 3 Lesson 7 Lesson 11
Lesson 4 Lesson 8 Lesson 12

 

Lesson 1: Heads Up - Observation Skills

You can't believe your eyes or can you? Budding CSI investigators love to explore the challenge of visual memory and eyewitness testimony in this activity of "Did You See That?"

Take your time as you work through and discussing the two activities in this lesson. It is important that an adult is prearranged to come help out with activity 1. Make sure that you confirm this in advance. This lesson is a great opportunity to talk with students about being detailed scientific observers.
      

Extensions

Watch a crime!  Be a witness!  Then test your eyewitness skills with a crime scene quiz.

Play interactive memory and observation games .  Try “Spot the Difference”, “Test Your Memory”, and “Power of Observation”.

Lesson 2: Think Ink - Ink Chromatography

The telltale composition of ink can help CSIs identify the perpetrator when students make their own ink chromatographs. Easy-to-follow instructions lead the way in your classroom's forensics laboratory.

The ink analysis lesson is one of the more laboratory based lessons in this program. Instructors are advised to try the chromatography experiment ahead of time in order to be fully prepared for problems and questions that students may run into. 

Extensions

Watch a video demonstration of the paper chromatography experiment.

Learn more about how chromatography works.

Lesson 3: The White Stuff - White Substance and Toxicology

Take a powder, please! Students get a closer look at the differences in white substances (Of course they're all non-toxic!) and at the world of poison science in this riveting research.

This lesson requires some extra “set-up” before it begins. Read through the set-up instructions carefully. The white powders lesson is also a great place to talk about lab safety. 

Extensions

What do you know about poisons

Learn a poison prevention song!

Take a tour to learn about chemicals around your house.  

Lesson 4: Pull Some Strings - Fiber Analysis

Can scientific analysis of fibers help identify our thief? Students use hand magnifying lenses to get up close and personal with fiber analysis, and learn to distinguish between class evidence and direct (conclusive) evidence.

Have students practice using the tweezers and hand lenses before you begin the activity. 

Extensions

Increase your knowledge about types of fibers by looking at microscopic images and diagrams.

Learn more about types of cloth and fibers from Science Olympiad.  

Lesson 5: Hair We Go - Hair Samples

Who knew hair could be so complex? In this activity, can our junior gumshoes match a hair sample to the correct suspect? This absorbing inquiry will have students scratching their heads (and plucking their own hair!) as they delve deeper into the Cookie Jar Mystery.

Extensions

Investigate the case of “The Strange Flashlight” with the FBI.

Learn more about hair analysis and look at hair structure diagrams from Science Olympiad.

Lesson 6: Follow the Grain - Pollen Analysis

Achoo! Pollen as evidence? Learners explore another form of trace evidence that often tells where something happened. Students do the legwork in the field as they practice with this essential tool.

Now that they have analyzed several pieces of evidence, students should fine tune their evidence handling and magnifying lens techniques in this lesson. 

Extensions

Find out if you can expect pollen trouble in your state today!

See how pollen helps us understand insect migration.

See some microscopic pictures of pollen.

Learn how pollens are Nature’s Tiny Clues.  

Lesson 7: Make an Impression - Bite Marks

Surprisingly simple materials provide all you need for another great lesson in comparing and contrasting for students to "sink their teeth into."

This is a lesson in which you might want to practice the sequence of making bite marks and recording the data so that you have a “working example” to show your students. 

Extensions

Check out some weird facts about teeth.

Learn more about Forensic Dentistry.

Lesson 8: Bloody Brilliant - Blood Types

Of course, it's not real blood - but we do provide blood evidence substitute that encourages learners to handle evidence just like genuine CSI laboratory technicians. This lesson in blood typing provides a great jump start for future scientists, geneticists and crime scene detectives.

This lesson provides another look at an actual forensics lab technique. Instructors may want to practice the experiment before demonstrating it to students.

Extensions

Read an introduction to blood groups and blood typing.

What is blood?  Learn about how your body makes blood and what is really in there.

Take a closer look at human blood cells through a microscope.

Lesson 9: One of a Kind - Fingerprint Evidence

Oh, the things we leave behind! Everything you always wanted to know about whorls and ridges, fingerprinting technique and more with authentic Ten Cards for each student to make a record of his/her prints.

It is a good idea to try this experiment ahead of time as well. A “working example” of a Ten Card will be important to have while explaining the instructions to students. 

Extensions

See more about fingerprint classification.

Watch some videos about developing latent prints.

Read more about fingerprint patterns.

Lesson 10: Crack the Code - DNA

Learning to unravel the mystery of our genetic code is revealed in this straightforward explanation and lesson helps learners narrow the field of suspects.

Instructors are advised to read and completely understand this lesson before teaching it. DNA is a complex subject—but helping students understand it will go much more easily if you understand DNA yourself! 

Extensions

Read how DNA evidence can be used to free people who have been wrongly convicted.

Engage in an interactive lab to determine  a culprit based on DNA fingerprinting.

Learn more about DNA and forensics.

See what an actual DNA gel electrophoresis experiment looks like.

Lesson 11: Let's Talk - Questioning Our Suspects

A lie detector isn't the only way of getting at the truth! In this lesson, our junior CSI detectives learn the meaning of the "norm" and how knowing the norm helps sort truth tellers from liars. Students also return to the "scene of the crime" for another look.

Students will need to use their detective skills to notice small details about the suspects’ statements. They should be encouraged to take their time reading and to re-read the statements several times. 

Extensions

Learn about statement analysis skills.

Have you ever wondered how a lie detector works?

Learn how to tell if someone is being less than truthful.

Lesson 12: Who Dunnit? - Examining & Analyzing All the Evidence

Means, motive and opportunity all come together in this culminating activity that encourages students to put all of the puzzle pieces together and finally solve the Cookie Jar Mystery!

Critical thinking gets a workout in Lesson 12. As you work, remind students that what they are doing in analysis is the same sort of thing they do in preparing an essay or writing a report: they gather disparate pieces of information and try to put it into a coherent whole. This activity really tests brainpower and creativity. When the course is completed and the crime has been solved, don’t hesitate to issue a “Crime Investigator’s License” to your students. 

Extensions

Find some interesting kids mystery book authors.

Watch a video about the jobs of forensic scientists.

Watch a forensics video about a birthday party mystery.

Learn more about the basics of crime scene investigation.

Explore other science topics with The Black Hole Gang

Check out many more forensics links.

 

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