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Forensics Basics: Teach how to Sketch a Crime Scene

Students will be learning how to sketch a crime scene, and then creating two crime scene sketches. One is provided in the resource as a simple aerial view of a crime scene (see it in the Preview!). The other scene students will create themselves! NO PREP! Download and use right away!

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Students will be learning how to sketch a crime scene, and then creating two crime scene sketches. One is provided in the resource as a simple aerial view of a crime scene (see it in the Preview!). The other scene students will create themselves! NO PREP! Download and use right away!

This resource is designed to be flexible, able to be used in class, or as a remote learning assignment if necessary.

How To Sketch a Crime Scene resource includes:

  • Teachers Google Slide set – introduces the activity and provides examples and instructions for how to complete the activity
  • Student Google Slide set – individual copies of the Student’s Google Slide can then be given so that students can complete the activity digitally
  • Digital Crime Scene – can be used digitally or printed out and used in the classroom
  • Thorough Teacher’s Guide – tips for how to use digitally and in the classroom

The Google Slides provides detailed instructions and examples of how to create a crime scene sketch, so that students see and understand the process of measuring and documenting the evidence.

The crime scene provided on the student Google Slide includes a digital ruler! Students can move the ruler around the scene to take measurements which they record on their sketch.

This assignment has helped my students understand Crime Scene Sketching!

When I first began teaching Forensics, I would send my students off to sketch a mock crime scene somewhere in my room or hallway. Inevitably, even after giving them verbal instructions and examples, they would be confused about how exactly to take measurements and draw the sketch.

So I began providing them with this printed out crime scene to practice with first (see it in the Preview!).

Giving students a printed (or digital) crime scene to sketch allows them to focus just on the skill of taking measurements and completing the sketch with all the needed information. You will also enjoy that (when in the classroom) students are all together in  the room where they can ask questions – rather than spread out all over the building. As an added bonus, each student can do their own sketch (rather than groups) so you know for sure everyone in the room knows how to do it.

After the simple sketch of the digital scene, there are instructions for students to take it into the real world! They will create their own small mock crime scene and then sketch it. You will be amazed how much more confident they are with the real scene after sketching the digital scene!

The whole resource is editable! 

Click here to see a preview of the How to Sketch a Crime Scene resource.

Five Stars!

Here are what some happy teachers are saying about the How to Sketch a Crime Scene resource:

This was perfect for our temporary return to distance learning. It would work just as well in person…hopefully for next year. Students thought it was easy to follow and are prepared to do the real thing when we return to school.        – Sharon F.          January 28, 2022.

This was a very simple activity to understand. It clarified some questions about crime scenes for my high school forensic students. Simple and very effective.         – Suzanne J.       October 26, 2021

I was looking for slides on how to sketch and a practice before the students sketched the doll house scenes I made. This sketching activity was EXACTLY what I was looking for. Super helpful, the kids loved it, and it saved me time! Thank you!         – Carly W.         October 11, 2021

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