These sites explain how forensic science and the scientists that study physical evidence and solve crimes. Many sites focus on fingerprints, hair fibers, bones, blood, and more. Here are lots of resources like games, simulations, case study, and articles which can help with teaching and learning. There are links to an eThemes Resource on espionage and spies.
ThinkQuest: Forensics: The Investigative Science
This site explains how detectives use hair fibers, blood, and fingerprints to identify suspects. Here is also a quiz to test students' learning.
FBI: What We Do with Fingerprints
This site from the FBI is about fingerprinting. At the bottom, click on the fingerprint card picture to print one out. Continue advancing through this field trip to learn more about crime solving.
This site offers information about fingerprinting and other types of forensic science analyses. Click on "Crime Scene" to solve a mystery.
Types of Fingerprints
See three images that show different fingerprint patterns.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fingerprints
This site answers some questions about fingerprints. The answers are provided in four difficulty levels, including a short answer for elementary students. NOTE: This site has a link to discussion forum.
Do Animals Have Fingerprints?
This short site by a research scientist briefly answers this question asked by a teacher.
This online game lets you be the detective and solve crimes. NOTE: This game is for older students because the text is advanced.
PBS: Forensics by Kalia and Carolyn
Watch a forensic investigation video to see how Kalia and Carolyn found out who trashed Lizzy's party set-up.
ThinkQuest: Forensics in Law Enforcement
This site is about how Forensics is used in Law Enforcement. Here are four categories of knowledge: Forensic Pathology, Criminalistics, Toxicology, and Evidence.
Crime Scene Science
Here is an article discussing how schools are using their science labs to conduct mock crime scene investigations with students. NOTE: This site contains ads.
ThinkQuest: Fantastic Forensics
This site contains resources about DNA, fingerprints, footprints, bones, hair DNA, and blood sample. Here are also many games, interactive activities, and quiz which can be used in the classroom.
ThinkQuest: Exploring Forensics: Evidence: The Silent Witness
This site contains knowledge about how to protect scenes and techniques used in crime scenes. Here are also many cases study activities.
Here is one article about Locard's Principle.
This site contains game/simulation contents which can be used for studying Forensics with hands-on practices. NOTE: Teachers should review the site before using in a classroom because some video clips may contain graphic violence.
Here is a quiz to test knowledge about forensic science and forensic investigation. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Virtual Exhibit on Forensic Science
This site includes timeline of the development of forensic science. Here is also a game to practice forensic knowledge by solving a heinous crime.
Skeleton Keys: How Forensic Anthropologists Identify Victims and Solve Crimes
Teachers may read this article about how forensic anthropologists identify victims.
eThemes Resource: Espionage and Spies
These sites focus on espionage and the lives of some famous spies. Test your skill at breaking codes, take a video tour of a spy museum, and view photos of real objects used by spies. Includes information about recent espionage incidents, text of the official Espionage Act of 1918, documents from actual espionage cases, and several online games. Also learn about the FBI, the CIA, and the Secret Service.
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