Fingerprint and Impression Evidence Inspiration

Looking for some new inspiration for your Forensics course?  The following list of websites are all related to Fingerprint and Impression Evidence and can be used as either teacher or student resources.

Check them out on Symbaloo, or see the list of links below:

Britain’s CSI School – Footprints – The One Show – YouTube

Superglue Fuming Tips

How-to Video Presentations

Latent Print Evidence Collection

Fingerprint Analysis: How It’s Done

Fingerprints’ hidden secrets – Click – BBC News – YouTube

Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) – YouTube

Where Do Fingerprints Come From? – YouTube

Do you have any great resources to add to this list? Please post them in the comments and I’ll update the list!

Crime Scene Protocols

An introduction to crime scene personnel and procedures.  This is the first lesson in my Crime Scene Protocols unit. It takes students through what happens once a first responder has determined that, yes, we have a crime scene here!  Then the CSI team gets called in and the process of documenting the scene and properly collecting any evidence must begin.

In addition to the prezi I give my students the following note guide to fill in as I go through the lecture.  You can download the note guide as a PDF below.

Crime Scene Protocols Note Guide – PDF

In practice…

This lecture takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much detail and examples are given.  There is a 10-minute youtube video embedded in the prezi that details methods for picking up trace evidence from carpet.

Mysteries of Matter: Into Thin Air video worksheet

I like to use this video in chemistry classes either when learning about the periodic tableMysteries of Matter Cover, or later when beginning reactions.  It could really fit in anywhere, even as a good sub plan!

These questions follow the video Mysteries of Matter Episode 1: Into Thin Air.  For more information about the film visit the website: The video is 1 hour long and is available through the PBS store or your library.

Brief summary of the video:

This is the first of 3 episodes in the Mysteries of Matter series.  It introduces us to 3 scientists and how their work progresses in related topics.  We begin with James Priestley in England who experiments with ‘fixed air.’  Then, it moves on to Paris for the work of Antoine Lavoisier in discovering oxygen.  Finally, Humphrey Davy is described as a charismatic lecturer, enthusiastic ‘tester’ of different gasses, and discoverer of more elements.

In addition to discussing elements, the following topics become good discussions with this video:

  • Does a gas have mass?
  • Scientific collaboration – is it wise to share all of your experiments and results?  What if you don’t understand the results?  Who should get credit for a discovery – the person who performed the experiment, or the person who understands its significance?
  • Lab Safety – Compare the procedures and equipment that we would use today, with the methods used in this episode
  • Chemistry as a hobby – in a time without TV, internet, etc.  people went to lectures as entertainment, people tinkered in their own homes to make new discoveries.

I have created a video guide with questions for students to fill in as they watch this film.  If you are interested in the handout it is available through my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here:

What do you think of this video?  I thought it was very valuable and my students found it interesting!

Forensics: Virtual Autopsy Activity

forensics: virtual autopsy activityThis is a great virtual autopsy activity for a Forensics course or unit on pathology or anatomy.  Students visit a website that has 18 different examples of autopsies with lab results for each body system.  Students record all relevant information and then try to determine the cause of death.  This can be used as an introduction to the unit, as an activity within the unit, or even as a great sub plan!  Best part, we don’t have to view a real autopsy!
Here is the link to the website used in the activity:
The following handouts are available from my store for a very low price.  Click here to get the handouts.
Virtual Autopsy Student Handout (MS Word File)
Virtual Autopsy Student Handout (PDF)

My students love this project, even seniors who are nearing the end of their high school days!  Each file is included as both a PDF and Word document so you can customize as needed.  Please comment your questions, suggestions, or successes!

Cell Biology Inspiration

The following links are very useful in teaching Cell Biology:


Forensic Hair & Fiber Analysis Inspiration

Links for Teachers

Campbell Biology Reading Guides

Campbell BiologyCampbell 9th edition is a widely used textbook in both AP Biology and college freshman biology courses.  Thankfully, the text comes with some wonderful reading guides to accompany each chapter.  I have my AP Biology students use the following guides as they read each chapter.  It is a great time saver for students since they don’t have to take detailed notes on their own!

You will find these as PDFs on many other websites, I have created Google Docs for them linked below.  The following chapters are aligned to the AP Biology 2013 Curriculum Framework.

Campbell Biology Reading Guides:

Reading Guide 3 – Water and Life

Reading Guide 4 – Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life

Reading Guide 5 – The Structure and Function of Large Biological Molecules

Reading Guide 6 – A Tour of the Cell

Reading Guide 7 – Membrane Structure and Function

Reading Guide 8 – An Introduction to Metabolism

Reading Guide 9 – Cellular Respiration and Fermentation

Reading Guide 10 – Photosynthesis

Reading Guide 11 – Cell Communication

Reading Guide 12 – Cell Cycle

Reading Guide 13 – Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles

Reading Guide 14 – Mendel and the Gene Idea

Reading Guide 15 – The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance

Reading Guide 16 – The Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Reading Guide 17 – From Gene to Protein

Reading Guide 18 – Regulation of Gene Expression

Reading Guide 19 – Viruses

Reading Guide 20 – Biotechnology

Reading Guide 22 – Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life

Reading Guide 23 – The Evolution of Populations

Reading Guide 24 – The Origin of Species

Reading Guide 25 – The History of Life on Earth

Reading Guide 26 – Phylogeny and the Tree of Life

Reading Guide 38 – Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology

Reading Guide 39 – Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals

Reading Guide 40 – Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function

Reading Guide 43 – The Immune System

Reading Guide 45 – Hormones and the Endocrine System

Reading Guide 47 – Animal Development

Reading Guide 48 – Neurons, Synapses, and Signaling

Reading Guide 49 – Nervous System

Reading Guide 51 – Animal Behavior

Reading Guide 52 – An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere

Reading Guide 53 – Population Ecology

Reading Guide 54 – Community Ecology

Reading Guide 55 – Ecosystems and Restoration Ecology

Reading Guide 56 – Conservation Biology and Global Change

Phew!  That was a lot of chapters! I hope you find this helpful.