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this issue, Forensic Sciencethat
is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources:
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NSTA journal articles, sorted by grade range.
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Forensic science is an increasingly popular
subject to teach in today's science classrooms. Some experts, however,
worry that showing students how to collect evidence from a crime
scene or to analyze DNA is pandering to pupils' fascination "with
guts and gore" and serving as a catalyst to promote violence
in the nation's schools. Many science educators are teaching their
students lessons in forensic science. Teachers in Illinois and Maine,
for example, recently had their students investigate mock crime
scenes. Court TV has developed, as part of a continuing educational
partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Forensics
in the Classroom. Download this free standards-based curriculum
supplement at http://apps.trutv.com/forensics_curriculum/index.html.
Teachers can find other educational resources
in forensic sciencenews and journal articles, books, and websitesin
this issue of Science Class. So read on, and investigate
whether forensic science is right for your classroom.
Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.
Dead Men Talking (CBS News)
Bill Bass may work under Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee,
but the location of Bass' office offers little clue to his real
occupation: forensic anthropologist, a job held by fewer than 60
people in America.
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Science on the Net
SciLinks® is an interactive,
web-based service from NSTA that connects your lesson and/or course
materials (certain textbooks, NSTA books, and journal articles)
with online content chosen just for your selected topics.
Elementary: Forensic science
Intermediate: Forensic science
School: Forensic science
Science in NSTA Journal Articles
The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide
you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to forensic
High School: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-03/high_school.htm
on Forensic Science
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