Learn the five stages of decomposition to determine the time since death (post mortem interval). A great addition to your Forensics Death Investigation unit! This is designed to be a student independent activity, no direct instruction is needed. Just share the slides with your students and they are ready to go!
Stages of Decay Resource includes:
- Learn the Stages of Decay Google Slides: 13 Interactive Google Slides with short video clips about all five stages. Students fill in blanks, drag and drop images, and answer questions on the slides as they learn. The last three slides challenge students to apply their new skills!
- Learn Stages of Decay KEY
- Printable Notes: provide a place for students to write out what they learn Can also be completed digitally on Google Docs or editable PDF
- Teaching Guide: with details for how to use the resource, how to share it with students, and tips for grading
Slides teach students:
- The characteristics of the five stages of decay
- To apply their new Forensics skills to three body profiles and determine what stage of decay they are in
Interactive Slides keep students engaged with
- Drag and drop elements
- Complete short answer questions
- Short video clips
- Reflection questions
A Teaching Guide is included with tips for how to best use the resource, sharing the slides, and ideas to make grading easier!
Click here to see a preview of the Death Investigation Stages of Decay.
Here is what some happy teachers are saying about the Death Investigation Stages of Decay:
I lied the process of students finding the information about each stage in videos, then applying what they learned at the end of the slides. I found they were more attentive and engaged than when I’ve used traditional slides in the past. – Emily D. March 29, 2023
My students loved using the Science of Curiosity resources last year. I purchased a lot of them. This one was remarkable because it is difficult to present decomposition due to the gross-out factor but this resource was clearly – and respectfully done. Thank you once again! – S.J. July 28, 2021
Great resource and easy to use. Students were learning at their own pace. – Patricia K. April 20, 2021
This was a great supplemental activity to use after the lesson of stages of decomposition while some students are at home while the other half is in class and it to cold to actually watch a corpse decay. – Robert M. February 17, 2021