This fun, interactive, 15-unit project-oriented forensic science course is designed to engage and expose students to this truly fascinating area of science! Students in grades 5-8 are immersed in roles of crime scene investigators as they work together examining and analyzing evidence needed to solve the mystery of the broken cookie jar!
To introduce students to forensic science through a classroom crime scene investigation.
- Introduces authentic crime scene analysis techniques
- Sharpens scientific inquiry skills and deductive reasoning
- Improves complex problem solving skills
- Attractive in recruiting and engaging reluctant learners
- Sparks an interest in further science learning and careers
More about The Cookie Jar Mystery
The Cookie Jar Mystery is immersion science at its best! Students use real laboratory techniques and materials, create theories about the “crime,” and test their hypotheses much like bench scientists. Along the way, students acquire new vocabulary, explore careers in forensics, and become acquainted with scientific procedures and processes they will also encounter in their classrooms. At its core, The Cookie Jar Mystery is designed to spark students’ interest in science.
National, state, and local standards all highlight the need for children’s enrichment activities to improve science literacy. As students engage in the investigative activities of The Cookie Jar Mystery, they experience science in an authentic hands-on environment that illuminates the use of evidence, models, tools, and techniques in science inquiry. Students analyze hair and pollen samples, investigate fiber samples, study blood types, and learn about DNA profiling. They test their powers of observation and use lie detection techniques as they examine statements written by each suspect.
In the culminating activity, students analyze their findings, and—using deductive reasoning—point their fingers at the guilty party. Applying real laboratory techniques, students form teams to analyze trace evidence, unknown substances, handwriting, fingerprints and even shoe prints left at the crime scene.
These highly engaging activities help students develop strong research and problem-solving skills in an atmosphere of fun and high interest! Created for the non-specialist instructor, The Cookie Jar Mystery Course Kits are easy to plan, understand and deliver. Each lesson,designed to run approximately one hour, is thoroughly outlined for the instructor in our easy-to-follow Instructor’s Guide. The Guide provides step-by-step directions for working with students, and includes background information,safety instructions, materials lists, demonstration details, use to extend and enhance their lessons. Anyone motivated to engage students in this exciting program can teach The Cookie Jar MysteryForensic Science Kit!
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