Forensic Science Discussion Starters

Discussion Starters - Educational Innovations Newsletter

Introducing your students to forensic science is as easy as C-S-I!

There are dozens of excellent resources online for topics related to careers as a forensic pathologist, bloodstain analysis, fingerprinting, forensic biology and DNA, toxicology and so much more!  We have selected a few of our favorite ideas and websites to get your students revved up and ready to put on their lab coats (or Sherlock Holmes hats) and start investigating the world of forensic science.

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Forensic Science Lesson

Lesson - Educational Innovations BlogWe love teaching forensic science.  It’s just plain fun!  You can turn your classroom into a crime scene,  encourage your students to play detective, gather evidence, figure out whodunits… and learn valuable science and reasoning skills at the same time.

We found many awesome free forensic science ideas on the web.  It’s impossible to list them all, but Cyberbee’s The Case of the Barefoot Burglar was one of our favorites.  Rice University’s CSI Web Adventures website has excellent interactive activities as well.  Check them out!

The eight-page lesson below, from, is a well-crafted middle school class activity with optional extensions.  We think your students will enjoy it.

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Forensic Science in the News

Forensic science makes the news on a nearly daily basis, whether it’s a gruesome murder trial, a paternity dispute, or a paleontologist working on a newly-discovered fossil.  The fact is that the world is fascinated by all things forensic… and new techniques are being invented all the time.

We’ve compiled a sampling of interesting articles below on the topic of forensic science.  If you read something in the news that strikes your forensic fancy, share it with us in the “Comments” section below.  Happy reading!

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Forensic Science TV

Forensic Science Videos - Educational Innovations BlogThere are so many television shows dedicated to forensic science.  Some are pure Hollywood, while others offer a more accurate exploration of how forensic pathologists and toxicologists spend their days.  Here you’ll find a selection of clips we think your students will enjoy—brief samplings related to the history of DNA testing, CSI career choices, how toxicology changed the landscape of criminal investigations, and more.

If you have a video clip on forensic science, please share with us in the comments section below.

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You Said It! Forensic Science Product Reviews

You Said It! Product Reviews - Educational Innovations NewsletterTeaching forensic science is always fun—especially when you use equipment like fingerprinting pads, blood typing kits, UV flashlights, and of course magnifiers.  (Don’t forget the Crime Scene Tape!)  Many of our customers swear by these materials as a compelling way to “set the stage” for memorable learning.

If you have a favorite Educational Innovations forensic science product, we invite you to send us a comment below.  We’d love to share your review with your fellow teachers and science lovers.

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