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Crime Scene Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan provides teachers with ideas about how to teach students about a crime scene. Students will learn about different types of crime scenes and steps that are taken to secure a crime scene.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • describe and provide examples of a primary and a secondary crime scene.
  • explain the steps to securing a crime scene.
  • identify authorized personnel who may enter a crime scene

Length

This lesson will take approximately 45-60 minutes.

Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

Vocabulary

  • authorized personnel
  • primary crime scene
  • secondary crime scene
  • secured

Instructions

Materials needed: chart paper, markers

Activate prior knowledge by filling out the first two columns of a K-W-L chart on chart paper with students to find out what they already know about crime scene investigations and what they would like to learn.

Watch the lesson Crime Scene: Definition & Components as a class. Pause at 1:57.

Have students turn and talk to a partner about the difference between a primary and a secondary crime scene.

Have students fold a sheet of paper in half lengthwise and on the left side of the page write some examples of primary crime scenes. On the second half of the page, have students write down some examples of secondary crime scenes. Provide opportunities for students to share their answers with the class.

Continue watching the video. Pause at 3:06.

As a class, brainstorm a list of things the first officer on the scene should do to secure a crime scene. Write the students' ideas on chart paper.

Continue watching the remainder of the video.

Ask students the following:

  • Who is allowed to enter a crime scene? Why?
  • Why aren't family members allowed to enter the area?

Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

Activities

Crime Scene Training Guide

Materials needed: computer, internet, and printer

Divide students into small groups.

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