I love the freedom of choice that comes with homeschooling. We have the freedom to be as creative as we want with our studies and choose out of the box studies for different subjects. If you have a teenager that likes crime stories and police shows they may be interested in learning about forensic science.
Studying forensic science would be perfect for the student that doesn’t want the traditional science textbook and would like to try out of the box learning. Forensic science is used to help show the legal evidence that would be presented in court when a crime has been committed. It requires a lot of hands-on activities like finger print dusting, examining items under a microscope, blood and DNA samples and more.
Unlike biology, astronomy, or physical science, it’s hard to find a complete curriculum that will work as a one year science credit for forensic science. Carrie found a forensic science curriculum that she used when her daughter we in eleventh grade though.
I have spent a lot of time searching for free printables, unit studies and courses that you can combine together to create a forensic science curriculum of your very own. This would be great for older middle school students and highschoolers.
FREE Forensic science printables to create your own unit study:
Dolon Learning Resources has some fun free forensic science hands-on activities and printables:
FREE Online Courses and Websites on Forensic Science
Forensic Science Trivia and Quizes has 15 quizzes on basic forensic science, fingerprints, serology, forensics and more!
The Science Spot has an entire page of Forensic Science lesson plans that were created by an 8th grade teacher who taught a 9 week course in forensic science. This is an amazing resource! There are powerpoint presentations, worksheets, a CSI geocaching activity and 13 different topics to learn about!
Forensic Science Investigation Unit has free online units on forensic specialists, fingerprints, crime scenes, evidence, victims, suspects, and there is even homework and a page for teachers.
Forensics Illustrated is a free comprehensive, complete forensic science curriculum created for high school students from Brennon Sapp. He taught highschool forensic science for 9 years and compiled all of his information online for anyone for free. This is an amazing resource that comes with readings, pictures, power point presentations, practice worksheets, projects, labs, test reviews and tests.
Here are some books that you can use along with the printables and online courses to enrich your learning of Forensic Science:
Crime Scene Investigations: Real-Life Science Labs For Grades 6-12Carson-Dellosa Forensic Investigations Resource BookForensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation (Inquire and Investigate)Forensic Science Experiments (Facts on File Science Experiments)The Body As Evidence (Crime Scene Science)
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate!) She is a an eclectic,Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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