Intro to Forensic Science (Teacher Guide)

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For Grade Level 11-12

Forensic science is a fascinating study of over twenty scientific disciplines offering investigative work to the judicial system. Master Books’ Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview reveals God as the Author and Designer of science and the need for Christian investigators reporting to the judicial system. Scripture, case studies, and the knowledge of various scientific disciplines are taught throughout this one of kind homeschool curriculum.

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SKU M242-4
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 3.50
Title Intro to Forensic Science (Teacher Guide)
Subtitle From A Biblical Perspective
ISBN 13 9781683442424
Contributors Jennifer Rivera
Binding Paperback
Page Count 552
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 8 1/2 x 11

The term “forensic science” refers to the acquisition of knowledge gained from the evidence, analysis, and investigator interpretations with the goal of presenting this knowledge before individuals in the judicial system.

While television, movies, and podcasts have popularized forensic science, much of what is portrayed in the media is not accurate. Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview homeschool curriculum was developed to teach your students how to use keen observational techniques, understand the disciplines that make up forensic science, and know how to apply them to seeking first the Kingdom of God.

In every lesson, applicable Scripture is woven throughout the text, along with practical labs, and review materials. Case studies are included to raise the student’s awareness of some of the most famous crimes in history, both solved and unsolved, while examining real investigative practices, time frames, and judicial results. Because of the sensitive nature of the case studies, this course is recommended to 11th and 12th grade students.

Course Objectives

  • Study forensic science through a biblical lens and learn how science clearly confirms the Bible.
  • Discover how casts are taken of shoeprints and tire marks and how they are used in investigation.
  • Evaluate fire and blood spatter patterns and how they are used to determine origin and method.
  • Explore several types of microscopes and their purposes in forensic science.
  • Examine the role of alcohol, drugs, tools, insects, and more in crime scene investigation.

Course Features:

  • 45 minutes per lesson, 5x per week
  • Convenient daily schedule, saving you time!
  • Full-color student & teacher text
  • Perforated, 3-hole punched worksheets
  • Recommended Grade Level: 11th – 12th
  • Exercises, labs, extension activities and assessments
  • One year course to earn one science credit

Curriculum Requirements:

  • Student Text - Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview
  • Teacher Guide – Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview

About the Author:

Jennifer Hall Rivera EdD is the Director of Educational Programs for Answers in Genesis. Her interest in the forensic sciences started at an early age and is credited to the godly instruction of her father, a renowned fingerprint expert. Her experience in the field of forensic science includes employment in a crime scene unit, over a decade of teaching, journal publications, and numerous speaking events.

Content Warning: This course deals with real criminal case studies and discusses sensitive topics. Parental discretion is advised.

Teacher's Guide is Easy to Navigate
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As with all Master Books courses this one is wonderfully laid out. The schedule is easily followed and already laid out in a weekly basis with the option of recording due dates and scores right in the Teacher Guide for recording keeping.

Trigger warning: this book does discuss real cases and this can be triggering or upsetting for some people. But this should go without stating since the course is "Forensic" Science - and thus is about evaluating evidence to determine the criminal.

The experiments are easily followed. The book text is engaging. I would say that this course is for grades 11 or 12 and not lower age students unless they are advanced. After looking at this with my Senior I believe that this can be a student-led course with minimal teacher involvement.

As with all Master Books courses this will challenge faith and character and point to Biblical perspectives and worldview.
Excellent Science Course!
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This is a very well planned science course! I love the case studies and the detailed look into the forensics that took place for the cases. My daughters and I have thoroughly enjoyed this study so far and are really looking forward to diving deeper into the course!
A Fascinating Curriculum
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The Intro to Forensic Science Set includes both the teacher and student books for a fascinating out-of-the-box lab-based science course that is sure to keep your student engaged all year long. This course enables students to evaluate real case studies, analyze forensic science articles, participate in hands-on labs, and develop an understanding of how to view forensics through the lens of God’s Word. This course is recommended for 11th-12th grade and because it does cover include actual historical cases that are grim, I would not suggest using it with younger students unless they are very mature.

The teacher's guide includes unit and cumulative tests, suggested grading parameters, supply lists, a suggested daily schedule, student worksheets, and a variety of activities. Students will learn about the importance of documentation of evidence, how to identify a variety of tool marks, calculate the trajectory of a bullet, analyze handwriting, and more!

I would highly recommend this course for any upper high school student interested in a career in law enforcement or forensics.
Wonderful Worksheet and test
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This book is the worksheets, quizzes, and tests for the course. It also gives the master supply list broken down into categories along with a schedule. This course is covered over 180 days and is worth one credit for high school students. There are also 45 labs 2 Observation Labs 8 unit tests and 2 cumulative tests. The answer key to the worksheets and test most of the lab answers vary from student to student this book gives you as a parent to credit your student on what they know and is a very good course I would recommend it if anyone’s student is interested in law enforcement or forensic science.
Homework Covers Everything
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The teacher guide is suited well to the student textbook. The homework covers the material the student learned from the textbook, and the labs make for good supplemental material. The supply list is very detailed, perfect for the homeschooling parent who wants to have everything available on hand before the class starts. Overall, the teacher guide will sufficiently quiz the students on their forensic knowledge.
Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview
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The Intro to Forensic Science set is an excellent course for your upper high-school student. It is a designed for grades 11-12 as a one-year course with labs that will earn your student 1 credit. Time investment is about 45 minutes for each lesson, scheduled five days a week.

The teacher guide for Intro to Forensic Science is very thorough and well organized. It includes a weekly lesson schedule, exercises, labs, extension activities, exams (unit tests and cumulative tests), answer key, and master supply list. The suggested daily schedule is set up to cover the text over 36 weeks, 5 days a week. A lesson typically includes terms to know, a case study, a page to take notes on the case, exercise worksheet(s), application, and a lab.

For the parent, it is recommended to review the case study and discuss it with your student in order to address any of their notes taken as they read the case. It also allows you the opportunity to talk through any sensitive or difficult topics, as one of the subject matter can be graphic or violent.

Exercises included in this course vary from multiple choice questions regarding topics discussed in the student text, to short answers that require thought and reflection.

The teacher guide provides you with everything you need to successfully guide your student through this phenomenal course of forensic science from a biblical worldview.
Beautifully done
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This is a part of a set and will need the Student text to have a complete course.
I really like that this Teacher's Guide has some color. It makes it more welcoming and interesting to use.

It includes some extra explanations in addition to the student text, labs, tests and some practice sheets to allow students to apply what was learned in the Student text. This course will need at least some supervision from the parents due to the content of some information and the complexity of some labs.

I still highly recommend it to the mature High school audience who has interest in the forensic science.
A Very Well Put Together Course
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I cannot stress enough how interesting this course is. It opens a whole field of science that one would not learn from your average school textbooks. Some examples are the history of forensic science, career options in the field, notable people, DNA and how it is linked to the field, and so much more. This course also includes labs that are incorporated into the set. This course is designed for 11th-12th grades. I feel this is appropriate for more mature individuals. Some content that is covered includes real-life crimes (OJ Simpson), drugs, weapons, crime scenes, and so on. Throughout all this, the course leads students to understand man does have a sinful nature but everything points back to a Creator God.
Simply Fascinating
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This is an amazing course option for anyone expressing interest in criminology or forensic science. I was amazed at the level of detail provided with this course and the experiments laid out to study. For example, one experiment is suspending different glass particles in a variety of liquids to determine the density of the glass to solve a crime in which you have determine which of the suspects committed a crime. The lab report goes into a lot of detail giving the student knowledge beyond just surface level forensic science. I personally love how the Bible in weaved into every main topic. The case studies and specific topics mentioned (such as drugs/murder/club dancer), I would not allow my children to go through this program before the recommended 11-12 grade, and even then, I would only go through it with a child that has a very specific interest in studying criminology. The pictures used in this curriculum are very detailed and colorful, even the microscopic comparison pictures. I was quite fascinated by the cases mentioned throughout the text. Some are very familiar to many, such as the UNABOMBER while others I had never heard of. I highly recommend this curriculum to those parents looking to assist their children into further understanding criminology.
What a wonderful outside the box science course!
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My high schooler has been waiting on pins and needles for this course to be released. We love the basic science courses but we especially love the courses that others may not have thought to take. This one totally fits the bill and glorifies our heavenly maker! Such a win. Any kiddo that enjoys crime shows or out the box science would love this course! Each chapter of course goes through the basics and progresses in knowledge much like every course but ropes back in the author of all things and creator of science itself. It has amazing color graphics that make the reader feel like they are reading case files and adds excitement to the reading.

The TG has a great parent introduction with a course overview and supply list. It is very exciting that this course offers labs so we can put into practice what we are learning and add this to a transcript! Each chapter assignments begin with reading a portion of the chapter then completing multiple choice and short answer questions. The chapter is concluded with an application of knowledge worksheet and 1-2 labs.

This course is set for 11-12th grade students because of the nature of some crimes, it uses the roles of alcohols and tobacco etc. So I would encourage parents to follow these suggestions and check out the samples. But this course is worth its weight in gold in my opinion. I try very hard to make sure my children can defend everything they do, read and watch etc with God’s truth and I feel so blessed to come upon a course like this. Many people might think they could quickly argue the Lord out of courses like these, but every child that goes through this course, I am confident will be able to make those people think again!

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