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Crime scene lesson plan – Let students be forensic scientists

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PDF lesson plan, three observation Word docs and 11 worksheet Word docs

Key Stage



Years 7-9


Students will really enjoy the excitement of breaking out the black and yellow crime scene investigation tape and putting on disposable paper suits with this KS3 crime scene lesson plan…

Prepare and carry out a full crime scene investigation. Students will practise a range of techniques that get them thinking scientifically about how to collect, preserve and analyse evidence.

Encourage learners to think about a forensic scientist’s responsibility to prevent contamination of the crime scene. Assist them in being able to explain and justify the conclusions of their investigation as if they were providing expert evidence in court.

Why teach this?

Invite your KS3 students to become forensic scientists for a day using their biology, chemistry and physics skills to investigate their own crime scene. This lesson is great for special events like British Science Week.

Students use the context of a crime scene to make connections across the KS3 science curriculum, and beyond. They’ll practise their skills in how science works by collecting evidence, analysing substances, microscopy and fingerprinting.

Crime scene lesson plan resources

  • PDF of the lesson plan
  • 3 observation Word documents
  • 11 worksheet Word documents

Dr Joanna Rhodes M.Chem, D.Phil, MRSC is Head of Sixth Form at Wakefield Girls’ High School.

Crime scene lesson plan
Crime scene lesson plan – Let students be forensic scientists

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