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ERIC Number: EJ758529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Digging Up a Crime
Witham, Shelly Anne; Krockover, Gerald H.; Burgess, Wilella; Bayley, Bill
Science Teacher, v71 n2 p56-59 Feb 2004
Forensics can serve as the perfect vehicle for science exploration and learning. As part of a professional development workshop, teachers participated in various forensic activities. This article describes an archaeological dig simulation that provides the catalyst for an inquiry-based activity. In this activity, teachers make crime scene observations, draw inferences based on those observations, learn critical thinking skills while trying to piece together information to solve a crime, and evaluate the results of their own scientific investigation. This inquiry-based activity can be modified to incorporate mathematics and writing. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana