This Forensics Blood Spatter lab is then designed to let students learn blood spatter patterns through experience! They are guided to experiment with the different Low and Medium Velocity blood spatter patterns that can be found at a crime scene. Then students use what they have learned to go into detail about how much information we can learn about a crime though Blood Spatter patterns.
The Lab packet itself is digital! The resource includes a link that will prompt students to make a copy of a Google Doc with directions and questions. The lab will guide them to take pictures of their Blood Spatter patterns and insert them into the document.
The Lab includes open ended guided questions to focus student’s observations of the spatter patterns they make.
Making the lab digital is great for two reasons – First it saves paper! Yay! Second, it gives students the ability to use their own pictures to refer back to when we get into more detail about what the Blood Spatter Patterns are actually telling us. I will even pull good spatter patterns out and put them on my own Google Slide when teaching – which they get a real kick out of!
- Copy (and link to digital copy) of the Lab and guided questions
- Teacher Guide with materials list (see Preview!)
- Ten minute video explanation of the Lab. This is designed to be watched before the Lab so students know what to do on Lab day
- Complete answer key with pictures of each spatter pattern!
Here is a great blog post with instructions to make your own Blood Spatter Lab!
Click here to see a preview of the Blood Spatter Lab.
Here are what some happy teachers are saying about the Blood Spatter Lab:
My students loved this hands-on activity! Learning blood spatter patterns and the way they are formed does not come easily through lecture. This activity is perfect! – Jordan Z. July 21, 2023
This was a fantastic, well thought out lab. It has everything you need. I’ve used it every year in my Forensics class and the students always love it. The obvious bonus is I didn’t have to do anything except collect the materials. Thank you! – Brianna G. December 6, 2020
Great resource for my kids. They all seemed to enjoy it and it made my prep so easy! – Allison H. January 30, 2021
My students thoroughly enjoyed this lab! I also greatly appreciate the photos on the answer key showing what to expect. – Lindsay F. April 30, 2021