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March Forensic Science Lesson Plans







  • Using microscopy, distinguish between different types of fibers.

  • Solve a crime by comparing fiber characteristics

  • Discuss fibers notes

  • “Picking up the Pieces” Lab- (A lab on Fiber Analysis) : Part 1- Microscope analysis of fibers; Part 2- Behavior of fibers in flame

HW: Quiz over hair and fibers on Wednesday

MSCS 1: BM 1, 2



  • Hair and Fiber Quiz (10 mins)

  • Read through “Soil Analysis” Lab (15 mins): What is pH? Using the Vernier Interfaces and pH probes to gather data

  • Soil Analysis Lab (50 mins)- Analyze 3 soil samples- color, particle size, pH, etc.

HW: Glass Reading worksheet

MSCS 1: BM 1, 2

MSCS 3: BM 1



  • Identify the ways glass is analyzed as trace evidence

  • Define refractive index and density

  • Describe how bullet hole patterns in glass can solve a crime

  • Glass as Trace Evidence (15 mins): Bullet holes in glass- determine bullet order and what side of the glass the bullet went through, Fracture Matching, Light Bulb filaments- Was the light on or off?

  • Bullet Hole Order Lab (30 mins)

  • Notes- PPT- glass, paint, and other trace evidence (20 mins)

  • Demo: Refractive index water vs. glycerin (glass stirring rods)

MSCS 1: BM 1, 2

MSCS 2: BM 4



  • Define density and apply its equation to determine the mass, the volume, or the density of an object.

  • Measure the density of different glass samples to solve a crime scene scenario

  • Review Glass as Trace Evidence

  • Mystery Canisters lab (30 mins)

  • Density notes- equation, How to find mass and volume, How does density relate to trace evidence?- glass

  • Glass Density Lab (30 mins)- Lab worksheet

HW: Density problems for homework (15 mins)

MSCS 1: BM 1, 2

MSCS 2: BM 4



  • Explain how trace evidence was key to finding and convicting a suspect in a historical case study (Atlanta Child Murders).

  • Identify the types of trace evidence and discuss the methods used to analyze trace evidence.

  • Atlanta Child Murders Case Study (30 mins)- Read case study; Questions: Summarize the case study, How is trace evidence involved in this case study?

  • Trace Evidence Webquest (online Forensics lab) (45 mins)

  • Test Review: Trace Evidence

HW: Trace Evidence Test next class

MSCS 6: BM 1



  • Evaluate student knowledge of trace evidence

  • Test (40 mins)

  • Read “Firearms” and complete Question Sheet (20 mins)- Types of firearms, Components of a cartridge case, Definition of ballistics

HW: Finish question sheet

MSCS 1: BM 2



  • Identify the types of firearms

  • Describe the components of a cartridge

  • Explain ballistics and identify how it can be used to solve a crime

  • Begin Chapter 4: Firearms- Pre-assessment (10 mins)

What types of firearms are there? What is the difference between a handgun and a shoulder firearm? What is ballistics?

  • Firearms and ballistics notes- PPT (30 mins)- Notes and Video shorts

  • Bullet Comparison Activity (30 mins)

MSCS 1: BM 1, 2



  • List examples of different types of forces, as they pertain to ballistics

  • Describe situations that illustrate Newton’s three laws of motion

  • Ballistics Notes/Discussion (75 mins)

  • Forces acting on a bullet- Internal ballistics, External ballistics, Terminal ballistics, Newton’s Laws of motion

  • Ballistics/Physics Webquest (60 mins)- How does gravity impact a bullet? How does muzzle velocity impact a bullet? Forces acting on a bullet

HW: Finish webquest for homework

MSCS 2: BM 5



  • List examples of different types of forces, as they pertain to ballistics

  • Describe situations that illustrate Newton’s three laws of motion

  • Use angles and trigonometry to determine missing variables in a ballistics problem

  • Review ballistics; turn in webquest

  • Discussion: What variables can be learned from a bullet hole embedded in a wall? (20 mins)

  • Discuss angles and their importance in determining bullet trajectory Trigonometry- finding missing variables SOHCAHTOA (Sin, Cosine, and Tangent)

  • Trigonometry practice problems (20 mins)

  • Begin “Where’s the Shooter Lab” (35 mins)

  • Use a protractor to find angles

MSCS 2: BM 5



  • Evaluate student understanding over unit

  • List examples of different types of forces, as they pertain to ballistics

  • Describe situations that illustrate Newton’s three laws of motion

  • Review Ballistics and Firearms (10 mins)

  • Firearms and Ballistics Qest (30 mins)

  • CSI Facts vs. Fallacies

MSCS 2: BM 5

MSCS 1: BM 2

MSCS= Montana Science Content Standard BM= Benchmark

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