Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.
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
This lesson will take approximately 45-60 minutes.
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.
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.
- authorized personnel
- primary crime scene
- secondary crime scene
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.
Crime Scene Training Guide
Materials needed: computer, internet, and printer
Divide students into small groups.
Tell students they have been assigned to train the next group of rookies at the police academy.
Each group must create a 'How-to' slideshow that explains:
- identifying a crime scene
- securing a crime scene
- authorized personnel
Each group will teach the rest of the class using the slideshow.
Crime Scene Training Application Skit
Have each group use the information they learned in the slideshow to write a skit in which a new police officer encounters a crime scene and must use his/her training to secure the scene.
Have each group perform before the class.
Materials needed: Crime scene investigation documentary
Have each student watch a documentary about a real crime scene investigation.
Have students note the similarities and differences in the real world scenario as compared to their training guide.
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