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  • Item #: 003094
    ISBN: 9780794516895
    Retail: $10.99
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    This book explores the fascinating science behind crime scene investigation. No Hollywood special effects here; this book presents the brass tacks of forensic science. Loaded with compelling photographs, detailed drawings and real crime investigations presented in comic-strip format, this book will grip you from the start and hold your curiosity to the very end. Learn how gifted specialists analyze blood, sweat, fingerprints, handwriting, and other clues using science to crack even the toughest of cases. 96 pgs, pb. – Rachel P.

  • Item #: 062883
    ISBN: 9781582705453
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  • Item #: 056359
    ISBN: 9781619301849
    Retail: $16.95
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    Looking for a good introduction to forensics for your budding criminologist? Look no further, this book fits the bill nicely. Beginning with a historical timeline of forensic science and an introduction to the study of forensics, the consecutive chapters tackle various aspects of forensic science and conclude with hands-on "Inquire and Investigate" activities. Topics covered include: fingerprints, blood evidence, bones and bodies, making impressions, trace evidence, and fakes and forgeries. Included activities use easy to find items. This would make a great introduction to forensic science for middle school students or lay a valuable foundation for upper middle school and older students who want to go deeper using the Crime Scene Investigations Real Life Science Labs (#056259). Black and white cartoon illustrations, glossary, index and additional recommended resource list included. 119 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 042368
    ISBN: 9781552976197
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    I found it incredibly fascinating how the smallest of clues can be used to track down a criminal or prove an individual's innocence. This book provides insight into the development and methods of forensic science by highlighting over twenty real-life cases including serial killer Ted Bundy, the murder trial of OJ Simpson, signature authentication of Adolf Hitler, and Ground Zero from the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Common tools such as fingerprinting, ballistics, DNA comparison, and trace-element analysis are presented, and their roles in forensics are discussed. 128 pgs, pb. -Enh

  • Item #: 030679
    ISBN: 9780545818117
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  • Item #: 014571
    ISBN: 9780756633837
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  • Item #: 002296
    ISBN: 9781770851184
    Retail: $24.95
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    We first offered this unique book in 2008, although it was “off the beaten track” for our typical homeschool offerings. Recently released in a 2nd edition, we still feel it may be an unusual offering. However, it is one that captivates and educates the reader, making it a worthwhile resource for teens (and parents!) with an interest in forensics. Focusing on forensic anthropology, this book examines the contributions of these vital members of the criminal investigations team as they recreate victim identity, time and manner of death, and offer theories on the who or what may have been responsible for the death.

    Beginning with a sample case study of an unidentified, decomposed body that was found and the forensic analysis utilized to identify the man (cause of death as well as the manner and perpetrator of the crime), the book introduces readers to the reality of forensic science in solving crime historically and today. With over 30 case studies organized by investigative events, chapter 1 begins with a look at the historical role of anthropology and solving crimes. Consequent chapters cover the role of bone evidence, exhumations, impact of the outdoor elements on decomposition, altering remains to hide identities. Then the book delves into air disasters, fire and explosives, and a look at crimes against humanity (genocides and other mass killings). Actual cases are presented including Jeffery Dahmer, President Zachary Taylor, Timothy McVeigh, David Koershand the 9/11 Terrorist attacks on the United States. While most cases are from the U.S., representative cases from England and Canada are also presented.

    The textual information is presented well and is informative, with an abundance of illustrations and photographs. Although most are non-graphic or gruesome, a smattering may be intense for younger or sensitive families. This brings me to making a couple, quick disclaimers. While the content is more science focused (rather than gruesome for the sake of gruesomeness), some images do include skeletal material over decomposing bodies, although most often anything not skeletal is fairly blocked or hidden. Secondly, the focus of the case studies is on the forensic anthropologists, not the gory details of the murder case or trial. The content is presented tastefully and scientifically, and not in a sensational manner. Mature students interested in forensics will find the painstakingly uncovered discoveries interesting and educational. However, you may wish to review some of the case studies presented before handing the book to your child(ren). As a nurse and mom of children who were interested in the forensic sciences, we would have added this to our collection of resources to learn the about the real field and not the forensic field as televised in our living rooms each week. SC. 223 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 019773
    ISBN: 9780974531519
    Retail: $25.00
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    Sequel to The Fallacy Detective, this is by the same authors. While the first book focuses on recognizing bad reasoning, this book offers thirty-five lessons for strengthening your reasoning skills. The chapters provide you with tools for thinking, tools for opposing viewpoints, and tools for science. Within these chapters, you'll find lessons on when not to argue, finding the premises and conclusion, determining primary or secondary sources, circumstantial evidence, keen observation, brainstorming, analyzing data, and much more. This book is formatted much like The Fallacy Detective, with plenty of clear examples throughout the lessons and lengthy exercises following each lesson. Answers included, 234 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 013847
    Retail: $34.95
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    Become an amateur detective and use this kit to begin solving mysteries using good science techniques. This kit includes everything you need to get started: test tube rack, plastic test tubes, test tube stopper, test tube holder, handheld 30X microscope (uses 2 AA batteries, not included), blank slides, cipher key, identity kit, fingerprint record cards, fingerprint powder, stamp pad, sticky labels, green felt-tip pen, direction finder card, eye dropper, compass, filter paper, funnel, measuring spoon, sea shore sand, sandpaper, paper fastener, steel wool, and mirrors. Use these supplies to do the 67 activities found in the accompanying guide. You will print and compare fingerprints, prepare an identity kit, analyze inks, use the cipher key to decode secret messages, and much more. Detectolab is a fun way to hone your sleuthing skills! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 008089
    ISBN: 9780471119807
    Retail: $14.95
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    Detectives today are pretty dependent on science for digging further into evidence. All kinds of materials, from hair and blood, to fibers and bugs are sent to crime labs for further study, and often, a single clue can solve the case. With this book, kids can go "behind the scenes" in a crime lab, and learn all about different pieces of evidence and how they are studied, and how they can participate in their own way. Five chapters include forty experiments in areas including observation, investigating clues left at the scene of a crime, how chemistry and biology are used to analyze evidence, and how documents can help solve crimes. In the first chapter, young detectives will hone investigative skills by observing scenes and remembering details, using their senses to identify hidden objects, setting up a crime scene and looking for evidence, interviewing witnesses, and more. The second chapter goes into more specifics, with kids making and identifying lip prints, fingerprints and voiceprints; examining strands of hair, examining cloth and paper fibers, making casts, examining impressions, learning how ballistics evidence is gathered and more. In Chapter 3, students will test mysterious substances to discover their identity, while Chapter 4 discusses how teeth impressions and bones are studied, how to estimate height from foot size, the basic principles of DNA testing, how decomposition aids forensic scientists and more. In Chapter 5, kids can study indented paper, analyze handwriting and typewriting, and counterfeiting. A well-rounded and exciting group of experiments that gives students a not-too-grisly glimpse into scientific crimefighting. - Jess

  • Item #: 064566
    ISBN: 9781619303508
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  • Item #: 056259
    ISBN: 9780787966300
    Retail: $29.95
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    If your family is like mine - captivated by the real science behind the plethora of television crime shows, then this book may be perfect for you. This resource brings the scientific study of crime scenes into the home and school arena. While the labs are designed for groups, you can easily do these as a family (or in a co-op) if you are willing to invest the time to set the crime scene stage.

    Divided into 4 sections, each covers a different branch of science. The first section, Critical Thinking, lays the foundational principles of science and reinforces observation skills (handwriting and typewriting comparisons,) experimentation (shoe impressions) and logical thinking. Physical Science employs techniques such as analysis of unknown mixtures, fibers and fingerprinting. In the Life Science section, students concentrate on evidence left at crime sciences by living things and study the principles of inheritance, DNA, blood typing, dental identification, and forensic etymology. The final section, Earth Science, offers lessons on mummification, skeletal evidence, and archaeological evidence. All in all, this supplemental resource book offers 68 lessons and labs (most lessons have one accompanying lab, some have two) designed to bring a fresh enthusiasm on the importance of "whys" of learning science. Household items and additional lab equipment required (microscope, glass slides and cover slips, test tubes, pH paper, beakers, filter paper, Plaster of Paris, and various chemicals. Information to order an Edvotek DNA Kit is included for the DNA labs).

    A brief personal note, I used the previous edition of this book with my teens and they still talk about the science they learned. Real life science learned and remembered makes for one happy homeschool mom! We performed the majority of activities in the book, making changes to the readily available supplies, some of the experiments we discussed and did not perform due to the difficulty of obtaining materials. Noteworthy:while the mock crimes are presented in a discerning manner, they do represent a wide variety of fact- based crimes. As a family, you may elect to skip over some of the lessons within the pages. Reproducible for classroom use. sc ~Deanne

  • Item #: 053043
    Retail: $22.00
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    A cross between mini-mysteries and a detective science kit, this fun set teaches children forensic techniques while they work through two mysteries! In the first mystery, "The Case of the Mysterious Painting," young detectives will examine a painting for clues, analyze suspect data using a graph, test the pH of a water sample, measure shoeprints, extract DNA from strawberries (or other fruit), and compare DNA profile strips. In the second mystery, "The Case of the Cursed Cookies," kids learn even more techniques, including ink chromatography, testing flour and baking soda with citric acid, and examining fingerprints. Although the stories are a little cheesy and actual forensic techniques are a bit more complex, putting the experiments in the context of the story really brings the techniques to life and makes them extra exciting! Although all special supplies are included, you will need some household items to complete the activities – and a discreet adult helper to set up at least one test. – Jess

  • Item #: 051788
    Retail: $0.00
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    Students will be exposed to chemistry concepts and forensics through this story of a forensic detective and her brother.

  • Item #: 043993
    Retail: $40.97
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    - Digestive tissue (cat)

    - connective tissue (frog)

    - human blood smear

    - nerve tissue (pig)

    - hemopoetic system (pig)

    - vascular system (dog)

    - human cheek cells

    - epithelial tissue (cat)

    - muscle tissue (cat)

    - endocrine system (cat)

    - respiratory system (cat)

    - excretory system (rabbit)

    - human hair

    - fingerprints

    - human skin

    - blood stain or blood smear (human)

    - textile fibers (cotton)

  • Item #: 041725
    Retail: $12.00
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    For those of you with a young detective in the family, this kit will provide lots of fingerprinting fun. A small plastic case (measuring 5.5" x 4.25" x 1") holds everything you need to become a master fingerprinter. There's a small ink pad, File Cards for collecting prints to make a "database," a small amount of special dusting powder, a small brush, a few pieces of a tape used to transfer dusted fingerprints, a dusting pad for collecting and developing hidden prints, and a magnifying lens. There's also a very useful instruction sheet that includes great tips on how to collect the best fingerprint specimens and gives a few activity ideas for using the kit. It also includes some fun and interesting facts about the history of fingerprinting and fingerprints in general. Your kids will love solving "who-used-it-last" mysteries around your home! ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 030514
    ISBN: 9780825146275
    Retail: $26.00
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  • Item #: 009474
    Retail: $16.99
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    Small enough to drop in a purse, tote or bookbag, the Crime Solver Scope is a 15X microscope and 5X telescope all in one. The telescoping barrel can be pulled out or pushed in to look at objects near and far. To start using your scope for forensic purposes, turn to the 22-page activity journal, which features guided activities including creating a fingerprint collection, analyzing fibers, examining money and learning some basic surveillance techniques. Of course, that doesn't mean it's also not great for checking out bugs, plants and all kinds of outdoorsy stuff too! – Jess

  • Item #: 007192
    ISBN: 9781554514823
    Retail: $14.95
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    Engagingly written and well organized, this book will appeal to middle school (and older!) children who are interested in the criminal sciences or historical case studies. Focusing on historical crimes, this book takes an interesting look at the roles of anthropology, deductive reasoning, DNA, CT Scans and other more recent tools that may be used to evaluate infamous deaths of the past and crime scenes of today.

    Beginning with a forensic timeline of 540 BCE and the first recorded archaeological dig, case studies evaluated include death of an entire Mayan royal family, Napoleon Bonaparte, Thailands King Rama VIII, King Tut and others. Well illustrated with photographs and realistic images. Worth mentioning: although the topic may be considered gruesome, the images are well done and not grisly in nature. The textual information is written in an engaging, factual- yet not overly descriptive manner. Excellent companion to your historical studies or to excite children about career opportunities in the Science fields. Includes glossary and additional reading resources for further exploration of the cases presented. SC. 156 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 002236
    ISBN: 9781576876824
    Retail: $19.95
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      Meet Carmelo, former elementary science teacher whose passion led him to open the first Brooklyn Preschool of Science. His high energy and fun science approach has made him wildly popular with parents and children alike.

      This book showcases his heart for children and science. Beginning with “What is an experiment?” over thirty-five activities are divided into six, color-coded sections: Inventions, Biology, Air, Engineering, Natural Disasters and Forensics (age appropriate). Activities are presented on a two-page spread and begin with a science activity or question, teaching concept information, a supply list and often a touch of silliness. For example, the activity Flying Water answers the question, “Can you make water fly?” and explains Bernoulli’s principle. A word bubble asks, “What is the difference between a fly and a bird?” and the response: “A bird can fly but a fly can’t bird.” Six steps to test the movement of liquids. Scientific steps are easy to follow and activities use easy-to-find items. While the presentation may be light hearted and silly at times, science principles and methodology are understandable and memorable.

      An impressive collection of science experiments designed to be completed independently with parental/teacher assistance as needed. Includes a link to Next Gen Standards and two “Your Science Notebook” pages. Colorful graphics. 96 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne