These websites are about chromatography. Includes information about using chromatography for ink identification. There are several lesson plans, experiments, and an interactive story. Includes a link to an eThemes resource on Forensic Science.
Chromatography: A Means of Separation
This page includes a simple analogy to help explain chromatography. Click on "Color Separator Activity" for an experiment.
Here are several encyclopedia articles on chromatography.
NOTE: The reading level is advanced.
NOTE: This site includes pop-up ads.
Experiment: Black Magic
Here is a simple experiment for students. Scroll down and look in the blue box for an explanation of chromatography that includes a list of some of its uses.
PBS: Chromatography Experiment
This one-page PDF file is a simple experiment that students can try.
Lesson Plan: Mixing Colors
Here is a fifth grade lesson plan that will help students understand chromatography. Includes printable instructions for the experiment.
Experiment: Super-Sleuthing With Chromatography
This six-page PDF file is an experiment in which students use chromatography to identify an ink pen and solve a bank robbery. Includes a data table and safety procedures.
Paper Towel Chromatography
Follow experiment's instruction of paper towel chromatography. Includes some findings from other students' experiments.
This 3-page pdf has an activity which allows students to learn about chromatography by making a string of light bulbs.
Who Did It?
In this lesson plan, students will investigate a crime scene by applying ink analysis and thin layer chromatography knowledge.
eThemes Resource: Forensic Science
These sites explain how forensic scientists study physical evidence and solve crimes. Many sites focus on fingerprints, how they are taken, and how they are used. There are links to an eThemes Resource on espionage and spies.