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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 #: 014571
    ISBN: 9780756633837
    Retail: $16.99
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  • Item #: 030514
    ISBN: 9780825146275
    Retail: $26.00
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  • Item #: 005374
    ISBN: 9780791091982
    Retail: $35.00
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    The science of forensic anthropology is a relatively young one, but already crucial in solving many crimes and other mysteries. More educational than an entire season of Crime Scene Investigation, this book covers the many methods of gaining truth and fact from whatever evidence is left of a body. Fairly easy when a body is found quickly; the challenge comes when the only findings to go on are a small bone or bone fragments. Yet technology advances, even one bone is enough to share a myriad of findings. This book outlines the progression of forensic anthropology from its very beginnings to the full, important science it is today. The text includes detailed diagrams, captioned photos of bones and other artifacts, and bold vocabulary words keyed to an index in the back. Discover the fascinating techniques of finding, identifying, dating, and reconstructing the victims of crime or accidents. Nine chapters cover topics such as recovery procedures, biological profiles (age, ancestry, sex, stature), assessing trauma/time since death, analytical challenges, and positive identification. The back of the book contains notes, a glossary, bibliography, list of resources for further reading, and an index. Discover the science and technology behind one of the most interesting, fastest growing, sciences today. 103 pgs, hc. ~ Steph/Lisa

  • Item #: 043993
    Retail: $39.77
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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 #: 013847
    Retail: $31.95
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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 #: 056259
    ISBN: 9780787966300
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $22.50

    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 #: 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 #: 042368
    ISBN: 9781552976197
    Retail: $9.95
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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 #: 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 #: 030679
    ISBN: 9780545818117
    Retail: $5.99
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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 #: 064566
    ISBN: 9781619303508
    Retail: $9.95
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  • Item #: 062883
    ISBN: 9781582705453
    Retail: $11.99
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  • 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 #: 009474
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 027801
    ISBN: 9780596514921
    Retail: $29.99
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    Although I get excited about a lot of new products, when I saw this one my first thought was, "Why wasn't something like this available when I was in high school?" Subtitled "All Lab, No Lecture," and written for the do-it-yourselfers of all types and ages, I can't imagine a more fitting homeschool chemistry lab guide. Author Robert Bruce Thompson has studied chemistry most of his life after receiving a chemistry set for Christmas when he was a boy. With the growing realization both that the chemistry sets offered today have been so "whittled down" due to liability that they no longer can teach actual chemistry, and that schools often "skimp" on science, he was determined to write a complete lab manual for people truly interested in learning chemistry. And he has done a fantastic job.

    The lab manual contains two year's worth of chemistry labs (including AP recommended labs), organized topically. Because this is lab material only, you may need to do a bit of coordinating to plan for labs that correlate with what you are studying in your chemistry text. Further aiding your lesson planning, he sorts out lists of labs in the introduction, providing three suggested lists of labs for high schoolers who are not planning on going into a science major in college, those who are planning on a science-related major in college, and those who are wanting to take the AP Chemistry test for college credit (a chart is also included here matching AP recommended experiments with particular labs in the book). You may want to modify these lists or even create your own, however, based on the chemistry curriculum you are using. Before we jump into the labs, however, there is plenty more "good stuff" to read, including information on setting up and using a lab notebook, lab safety information, guidance on assembling equipment for your home laboratory, and advice on obtaining chemicals for the lab. While I could gloss over this and go onto the labs, I want to reinforce how helpful these chapters will be both to you and your student. With the background of someone who has built and used his own home chemistry lab for years, he offers a wealth of knowledge on specific apparatus and chemicals that you won't find in any packaged chemistry curriculum's teacher manual. In the chapter on equipping the lab, he goes into detail on specific types of glassware, and recommends specific sizes and quantities for each. This information is also helpfully found in a chart form as well. Other equipment, such as balances, heat sources, support stands, pipettes, thermometers, scoops, filter paper, rubber stoppers and more are covered separately, and he also provides a chart for these as well. I can appreciate how he keeps cost in mind, and often recommends substitutes or sources for items that he has found helpful. The last part of this chapter offers advice on where in your home to locate your chemistry lab (I have to grin, thinking of my own makeshift 1950's diner table in the corner of the dim basement). The chapter on obtaining chemicals is a gold mine all by itself (a tricky area, since some forms are classified as hazardous or restricted!). Here the author provides excellent reference material for the non-chemist/homeschool parent. He includes information on chemical names, how to understand chemical grades, information on chemical risk phrases and markings, safe chemical handling and storage. Next you'll find charts of all recommended basic and supplemental chemicals (with suggested quantities) needed for the labs in the book, helpfully organized on a chart complete with storage codes, risk and safety phrases, and quantities (in grams and mL, not moles!). Also very helpful are the appended notes that provide sources and alternatives for the chemicals in the list. More extensive notes on recommended supply sources can be found at www.homechemlab.com. A few words on hazardous chemical shipping are also included. The last chapter before the labs provides explanation and instruction on common laboratory skills the student will need, like how to correctly measure liquids, use a balance, perform titrations, using various heat sources, cleaning glassware, and more. Inside the back cover you'll also find a fold-out periodic table and a chart of formula weights for commonly used chemicals.

    The last 300+ pages of the book are devoted to the labs. These are grouped in chapters according to topic, as mentioned above, so you may be jumping around the book completing them according to your chosen chemistry text rather than completing the labs front to back. Topics covered in the lab chapters include: separating mixtures, solubility and solutions, colligative properties of solutions, introduction to chemical reactions and stoichiometry, reduction-oxidation reactions, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, gas chemistry, thermochemistry and calorimetry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, colloids and suspensions, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, synthesis of useful compounds, forensic chemistry. Each lab contains background information and advice, a checklist of equipment and chemicals, a step-by-step procedure, charts with blanks to guide lab report recording, and long-answer review questions based on the lab. The layout is extremely easy to read and well-organized, and also often contains full-color photos of set-ups or results. Side notes on substitutes and modifications, optional activities, and comments from the author's technical editors all make these labs non-threatening, as if you have a team of experts to support you. Because the review questions are all related directly to the experiment, the answers should be attainable for the student. Unfortunately, no answers are included in the book (which fits with the spirit of self-discovery found throughout), but if you absolutely need them, you can subscribe to the author's newsletter ($18 per year) and receive an electronic copy. The e-mail newsletter contains additional labs and updates. Whether or not you subscribe, you should definitely check out www.homechemlab.com for the lists of corrections found since the book's publication.

    In summary, I would stack this lab guide up against any lab manual from a purely school/educational publisher. You can't beat the price for the treasure trove of practical information and advice from someone who has "been there, done that" before, also on a budget. It's extremely user-friendly for both the student and the parent and the professional-looking, with ample use of charts and photos make it easy on the eye as well. Have I said enough yet? Perhaps so; I think it's time for me to go start setting up my own lab, this time as a hobbyist! 416 pgs, pb. – 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 #: 019773
    ISBN: 9780974531519
    Retail: $22.00
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    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