Forensic Scientist: Crime Scene Investigation

In this adventure, a group of ten-year-olds are about to have an ice cream and pizza party for having awesome behavior all week! Their pizza and ice cream were delivered in the morning and are being stored in the refrigerator and freezer until lunch. It is now time for lunch and the pizza and ice cream are missing from the refrigerator and freezer! Who took their treats? In this adventure, explorers will act like a forensic scientist to crack the case.

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Certificates are awards that students can receive after they complete a lesson. There are 3 certificates for each lesson. Each certificate focuses on a skill (like problem solving or leadership). You can choose 3 students to receive a certificate. Or, the entire class can receive certificates. Parents love seeing these certificates, too!


  1. cjones on September 27, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    My 4th grade students loved solving this mystery!! They did a great job of finding the clues and discovering that the Art teacher did it!!!

    Carol Jones
    Wylie Preparatory Academy

  2. Jason Weittenhiller on October 15, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    This might be the most popular activity we have done so far. My students loved solving the mystery and looking for clues.

    Jason Weittenhiller
    Westview Elementary

  3. M Jolin on January 28, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Our students at Middlesex Elementary really loved solving this mystery. They really dived into the lesson. My favorite part was watching the students discuss the different reasons as to why the person they picked was the suspect. Great lesson and would definitely use again.

    Alexander Galloway, STEM Teacher, Middlesex Elementary

  4. Kenzie Davis on February 6, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    My 4th and 5th graders loved this lesson! I changed up the lesson and had some of the teachers at my school place fingerprints around the crime scene so they could be the suspects. The students LOVED it!!

  5. Emily Clifton on March 4, 2019 at 10:04 am

    My students loved this activity. I created a digital Breakout form for the students to complete as we went through the process so they could collaborate digitally. It was so much fun!

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