On the Case

Through the Forensics in the Classroom project, Court TV provides free curricular materials for science teachers in grades 7-12. Using one of five different cases, teachers can incorporate national science standards in an exciting and engaging instructional unit that teaches the students to apply forensics science to solve a crime.

The units include the mystery, instructions, handouts and activities for students, and project extensions. The lessons and activities are flexible and modifiable, so you can tailor each unit to fit your classroom schedule and style. The classroom activities involve simple lab experiments and align with national standards. The units can be taught as introductions to basic chemistry ideas and forensic techniques, or used as creative ways to review information already covered. The units vary in length and are labeled according to level of difficulty.