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Human Hair Evidence Lab

Simple and fun Human Hair Evidence Lab for forensics! The purpose of this activity is to give students a chance to see hair under a microscope and to identify and recognize the various characteristics of human hair.

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Simple and fun Human Hair Evidence Lab for forensics! The purpose of this activity is to give students a chance to see hair under a microscope, to identify and recognize the various characteristics of human hair, and to experience the challenge of matching hair to a suspect. They will also gain a deeper understanding of why hair is class evidence, and the danger of improper use of hair evidence in court.

Included in the Human Hair Evidence Lab resource:

  • Google Slide with instructions for students for completing the lab
  • Student Lab Sheet
  • Student Lab Sheet Key
  • Teacher Key Template
  • Teaching Guide with easy to follow instructions

This activity has three parts:

  • Students start with analyzing their own hair
  • Then work to identify an unknown hair from a sample of suspects
  • As an extension activity, watch a 20 minute video clip (free on YouTube) about the faulty use of hair evidence. Students answer questions as they watch

Materials Needed to complete the lab:

  • Microscopes
  • Microscope slides
  • Clear tape for securing the hairs on the slides
  • Sandwich bags – at least one per student plus a few more
  • Gallon sized bags – one per group
  • Paper for making evidence bindles

 

More Forensic Hair Evidence resources to come: Animal Hair Notes and Lab, and Hair Evidence Assessment.

I am working on the entire Trace Evidence Unit, which will include Hairs, Fibers, Paint, Soil, Glass and Powders.

 

Currently available in the Trace Evidence Unit:

 

Click HERE to see the full Pacing Guide and know how this resource fits into the whole Forensic Science Curriculum.

 

Click here to see a preview of the Human Hair Evidence resource!

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