Having said that, I at least want structure for what I've planned. I won't interrupt...I will let them fail...I will let them lead their own learning, but I want to at least have a plan and outline so that they will head in the general direction I need them to. And I plan big! This year I want to incorporate forensics into the curriculum. I think it is so engaging and new and real life...my classes will love it!
So on to the planning...
Currently I'm looking for resources that will help me plan a forensics activity. Do you know of any good ones? I'd really like a small kick off event for the first couple of days, but something a little deeper for 8th grade chemistry. So far, here's what I've found. If you've got great resources, I'd love to hear about them.
I inherited a GEMS book entitled, Mystery Festival. It has a 5 day activity for both 3-5 and 6-8. I love it! It's detailed, but requires extensive set up and volunteers to run it smoothly. Hmmm...really would like to make this one work!
I found a classroom webpage, My Science 8, that has another unit that I believe incorporates different teachers as the suspects...clever!
Indiana University also has put together 3 lessons.
TruTV has an entire section devoted to using forensics in the classroom. They have plans for even higher level students as well.
NSTA also has some publications on forensics and Forensics in Chemistry is my next purchase!
If you are looking for some career information, you can find a great deal of information at Forensicscience.org
And...God Bless The Science Spot for sharing so much about everything... Here is a 9 week unit!
Another teacher's website with more links than I had time to look through in one afternoon!
And, Livebinder has some great resources as well.