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Introduction to Forensic Geology (Soil Evidence)

Give students a fun introduction to soil evidence. Watch a video interview with Forensic Geologist Dr. Heather Hanna, then explore six case studies involving soil evidence.

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Description

This resource is a fun introduction to Forensic Geology (soil evidence). Students watch a video interview with Forensic Geologist Dr. Heather Hanna, then explore six case studies involving soil evidence.

The video interview is 50 minutes long, and includes some basics of soil evidence, how soil is analyzed and compared, and a handful of case studies as examples. Students will complete the provided three page question sheet as they watch.

Then, students learn about six diverse case studies that exemplify a broad range of uses for Forensic Geology. From murder to cattle theft! The teaching guide includes four different ways to use the case studies in your classroom.

No prep! Print and go.

Soil Evidence Resource Includes

  • Three page Student Sheet with open ended questions. Students complete as they watch the interview (found on YouTube)
  • Detailed answer key
  • Six case studies – a variety of true case studies involving forensic geology
  • Case study response sheet for students to complete
  • Comprehensive Teaching Guide with ideas for how to use the resource in your classroom

 

More to come!

This resource will be part of a new Unit – Trace Evidence Part 2, which will include Soil, Paint, Glass, and Powder evidence.

 

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 Introduction to Soil Evidence!

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