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In the Mr. Mathematics Mysterious Murder Forensics Laboratory Kit, gather evidence at a simulated crime scene and analyze the evidence to determine the cause of death and to identify the victim.

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Matthew Mathematics, the math teacher at Mammals Middle School, was mysteriously murdered on Monday morning. When the body was discovered, the police were called and the crime scene investigation team was sent. Explore the fascinating science of criminal investigations with this scenario-based lab. Students gather evidence at the simulated crime scene set up by the teacher and return to the “Forensics Lab” to analyze the evidence. Forensic tests include fiber analysis, shoeprints, blood, stomach contents, and fingerprints. After analyzing all the evidence, identify the cause of death and identify the suspect. Kit includes reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, complete teacher notes with sample data and answers to all questions, and all chemicals and consumables supplies needed to perform the labs. Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Microscopes are needed for fiber analysis.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Structure and function
Cause and effect

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-3: Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.