In class on 8/21
Intro to Forensic Science and what we will
be learning and doing this year.
Class expectations and procedures

What is Forensic Science

What is a Crime Scene

Crime Scene Processing as a first
responder and as a Crime Scene

Observing - How well would you do as a

Homework on Observation due on Aug 28
Click on the above link for your homework
You will also need to click on the
Forensic Science Text link at the top right of
the page.
8/28 - In Class

Where to begin? What to collect
as evidence?

Crime Scene Investigation and
Evidence Collection

How do you decide what is
evidence and what isn't?

Locard's theory

First Responder at a crime scene
Homework for 9/4 and 9/11
Click on the above link for homework details.

Do NOT try to do this assignment at the last
minute. It just won't work
In Class 9/4 and 9/11
Terrorism and the events of 9/11/2001
I will talk to you about my time as a disaster volunteer at
Ground Zero.
The Day the Towers Fell
HIstory of 9/11 and Terrorism
The attacks on 9/11/2001 were the worst attacks - ever - on
our country.
It was the largest crime scene in history.
Role of the first responder on 9/11/01
compared to what the role was in your homework
Next, I want you to discuss what you've learned
from your homework.

1. Challenges processing the largest crime scene our
country has ever had.
2. How this has changed security in our country. Has it
3. Recent events and our privacy vs security.
Homework for 9/18

Textbook Chapter 2 Print off the

for your notebook and print off the 4
pages of questions at the end of the
chapter for homework.

1st Quiz on 9/18

What will be on the first quiz?
In Class for 9/18


Manner and Cause of Death

All about Fingerprints
Homework for 9/25
Review Manner of Death and
do the CSI:Experience
Manner and Cause of Death
CSI The Experience Homework
In Class for 9/25  All About Fingerprints
Demonstration of using super glue to discover

The role of fingerprints in crime scene
In class activity -
Taking fingerprints
Dusting for Fingerprints
Bring your own baby wipes.

We will start discussing blood spatter if we have
enough time.
Homework for 10/2
Blood Spatter
Blood Stain
Pattern Analysis
You do not need to print off the Blood Stain Pattern
Analysis. It's too long, but you need to take notes
and turn them in.
In Class for 10/2

Weather Permitting

Additional Blood Spatter info

Outside Activity -

Blood Spatter, directionality, size,
Homework for 10/9
Results of Poor Crime Scene Processing
Click here for the rest of your assignment.
Blood Spatter Case Analysis
In Class for 10/9

We will do blood spatter
today weather permitting.
Dress to get messy.

Serial Killers Powerpoint
Introduction to serial killers,
Similarities of serial killers,
Famous Cases, Beltway Snipers,
Serial Killer Myths

America's Book of Secrets:
Serial Killers
Homework for 10/16
Read 10 Myths about Serial Killers

This is a new link.
10 Myths about Serial Killers
Serial Killers Info and CSI Adventures Homework
In Class for 10/16/Homework for 23rd
We are off schedule because of rain
We did blood spatter on the 16th and
started serial killers on the 9th.
Beginning Forensic Psychology - Read for the 23rd
Famous Early Profiler
Profilers and their role in solving crimes. Profiling errors and
the Beltway Snipers
Serial Killer Myths
Famous Cases
Homework for 10/23 - Read - we will discuss on the 23rd

Psychopath vs Sociopath
In class on 10/23

Continuing forensic psychology

You will have a short quiz on the 30th.
Remember, I will be asking you about
chain of custody again on this quiz.
I will tell you in class what will be on the quiz.

You will be making a crime scene sketch
on the 30th after the quiz.
In Class on 10/30
Crime Scene Sketching
Bring tape measures
Quiz 2
Homework for 11/6
You will need the following supplies for 11/6.  
Flashlight, measuring tape, evidence markers,
camera, pen, pencil, ruler, plain paper (copy paper). A
hard surface to write on - clipboard if you have it.
Review the crime scene processing practice for
homework. Seriously. Review it. Handling evidence,
chain of custody, handling difficult evidence.- You
will be graded on how you handle yourself during the
crime scene.
Evidence Markers
In Class for 11/6
Crime Scene
In Class on 11/6


Directions will be given in
Bring the supplies listed under
homework. REVIEW crime
scene processing and be
prepared to step into any role
at any time.
Homework for 11/13

Let's practice what you've learned so far with this
interactive activity.

Write a few sentences and let me know how you did. If
you miserably mess up just do it again. I didn't get it
done on the first try.

Solve the Murder
In Class on 11/13 and the 20th

Finally, you get to start learning how to detect lies. Just in time
for Thanksgiving! Remember, use this knowledge carefully.
You will watch a video, practice what you learn, and then
practice on each other. This will take up both class periods.

I haven't decided for sure on the homework for 11/20 so don't
work ahead. Ok? Posted 10/21/14.
Homework for 11/20
Watch this video. If you can't watch it on
the website, this is the link. I didn't think it
was very graphic but stop watching it if it
bothers you.

Watch Post Mortem on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Post Mortem
In Class 11/20

Discuss Post Mortem Video
Body Language Video
Body Language No-No's

Homework for 12/5

December 5 homework
In Class for 12/5

Completion of Body Language Video

Intro to Interviewing Techniques

Interrogating vs Interviewing
Homework for 12/12

In Class for 12/12

First practice of interviewing techniques
Homework for 1/15 and 1/22

Interviewing Information
Reid technique case studies
Statement Analysis
Interrogation Techniques
In Class for 1/8

How Police Interrogation Works

Susan Smith Confession Statement
The above links are what I used in class. You
will need to read all of How Police
Interrogation Works. Print it out, highlight it,
and learn the steps to the Reid technique.
Other articles also need to be read. We will try
to primarily use the Reid technique.
In Class 1/16

All about Forensic Artistry
FACES software
Baby Grace
Baby Grace
Intro to firearms and toolmarks

Finish the Rookie Training. Toxicology,
firearms, and ethics should be the ones
Do case 3. If you have already done
case 3 then move on to case 4.
Try to take a screenshot of your
completed work to hand in. If you can't
do a screenshot then maybe a picture
of it on your phone and email it to me or
text me or however you can think of to
do it.
Forensic Science Home and Assignment Page
2016/17 School Year
Mrs. Becky Bowman, Instructor
Contact me at
Click on link on the left for umbrella school information
Homework for 1/30
The Autopsy
Scroll down and read all of Cause of death, time of death,
marks of violence, and evidence storage. It probably would
be good to read manner of death as a review. Marks of
violence and time of death are especially important for the
crime scene.

Dirty Bombs
information/ NEST Team

Basics of bones and
forensic anthropology

Dr. Bass info
Homework for 2/7
Are you a psychopath?

More crime scene info
In Class for 2/7

Dirty Bomb movie

Organized into
teams for next
week's crime scene
Homework for 2/13 - Crime Scene Today

Camera, gloves, notebook and pen, flashlight, and
anything I've forgotten.

Review processing a crime scene and
really work on
your interviewing skills.

Read these for interviewing tips/help

What is a Field Interview
Vary questioning style with witnesses
School is out because
of weather -

Complete your
homework on
handwriting analysis,
be prepared to present
your findings on the
crime scene to your
group ( I'll help you with

Check back because
you will have an
additional assignment.
Unless you have turned
in your handwriting
analysis assignment
EMAIL me and I will
send you the chapter.
Even if you emailed me
once - do it again. I'm
not sure I received it
from everyone.

In Class for 2/20

We'll work on how to
present your findings.
Homework for 2/27

Complete your part of processing the crime scene
and preparing your part of the presentation
In Class for 2/27

Present your
findings to the

analysis in class
Homework for March 6

No Homework for March 6
I'm busy working on the crime scene on March 31st and
I hope you will take this chance to review the things
you must know. Blood spatter, how to handle evidence,
and so on.
In class for March 6

We'll start learning
about the steps to a
trial and how cases get
started. I will go over
Criminal Charges,
Accomplices, and
Criminal Court
Procedures. I have
put links up for you to
read thoroughly as
Homework for March 13

Criminal Charges
Criminal Court Procedures
In Class for March

Evidence, Tire
Tracks, Tool Marks
and Making Casts
Homework for March 20

Isn't this Spring Break?
In class for March 20
Homework for March 27
In Class for March
Welcome to High School Forensic Science! I will communicate with students and parents through this website and it will be updated as necessary.
You are always welcome to text or email me with additional questions.

This year you will be using a book on a CD for many of your assignments. The book will be supplemented with additional materials both in and out of class. It is a book for high school students
and I think you will like it. On the calendar below I let you know what we will be doing in class and when your homework is due. Pay attention carefully to the dates and check each week as
homework and what we do in class is subject to change.

1. Assignments due at the beginning of class each week. Many times we will often go over assignments in class. Please have your work done by the beginning of class.
It will be difficult for you to progress in the class without doing your homework.
2. All of your assignments will be found on this page. If a link is broken or the page doesn't load correctly please consider it your responsibility to notify
me immediately and I will fix it.                    
3. I want and expect you to contribute to the discussion in class. It will be more interesting for all of us for you to share your information.
4. Please be on time to class. It is frustrating to have to repeat information  3 or 4 times each week.
Keep a separate notebook just for this class. You will need to refer to it. Keep all your homework, notes, printouts, and so on in this notebook. It will be checked occasionally and
this is where you will keep your grades. Your parents and you will be able to keep up with your grades through the notebook.
Bring paper, pen, or pencil to class each week!
6. Be respectful and helpful.
8/17 In Class

We will go over classroom procedure and get to
know each other.

We will start of the year by learning about
observation and how we may not be as good at it as
we think.

What is a crime scene? Primary and secondary
scenes and securing a crime scene.

Read instructions below to download book
The above link will take you to google search
results. Click on the 2nd item down. It has Bb next to
it. The book should automatically download on your
Homework due 8/24

Read Chapter 1 - Start learning the vocabulary
You do not need to memorize it word for word
but you need to be able to use it correctly.
Do memorize the definition of FORENSIC

Page 13 and 14 Chapter 1 Review.

Please print out the pages and write on them
for your homework. This will make an
excellent reference for you for your tests.
If you don't have access to a printer you may write
clearly and neatly on notebook paper.

Page 11 - Think critically. You do not need to write
anything out but be prepared to discuss it in class.

Remember, we do not have access to any of
the online activities in the book and you are
not responsible for them.
8/24 In Class

Discuss homework and Think Critically case studies

Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection

How do you know where to begin when you arrive at
a crime scene?

What is evidence? What kinds of evidence would
you look for?

What kind of tools do you use to collect evidence?

What is the role of the first responder at a crime

p. 42
Homework due 8/31

Read Chapter 2 - Start learning the
As you read this chapter you need
to memorize the definition of
Locard's Theory. Seriously, you will
see this on a test. Just Google
Locard's Exchange Principle and
you'll get a short definition. This
the one thing I expect you to know
and remember through the entire
year. When you are 90 years old if
someone asks you about Locard's
theory you should be able to tell

Do the Chapter 2 Review pages

We will do pages 37 thru the end
of the chapter in class together.
In Class 8/31

We will review your homework in class. You need to understand
that this chapter is the tiniest part of crime scene processing and
we will be going into it in much greater detail later on.
Today we will start a 2 week exploration of the events of 9/11/01
and learn about the worst attack on our country. You will learn
what went right, what went wrong, and how law enforcement got
much better at solving crimes.

September 11, 2001 photo essay
Homework due 9/8

Follow the link to watch the movie on 9/11.

The Day the Towers Fell

Write a 1 page handwritten or a half page typed
paper on your reaction to the movie. I want it to be
an emotional response to the events such as how
did it make you feel, if you were a student in the
nearby schools how would you have felt, did this
give you more information about 9/11 or did you
already know all of this and so on.
In class 9/7

I will give a presentation of my experiences at Ground
Zero and the various conspiracy theories that were
I will try to give you an opportunity to read your paper
and discuss it with the class.

Homework due 9/14

You will have a quiz on 9/15 over the first 2
chapters. Your homework is to study for the quiz.

Strongly advise to know pages 24-28 for the

I have scheduled this in August 2016. It is
subject to change and may be a week or two
later. We'll see how it goes.
In class 9/14

You will have a quiz over the first two chapters.

We will start learning all about fngerprints and
Homework due 9/21
The main term to know is latent
Chapter 6 review 146 - 148
In class 9/21

You will learn how to lift fingerprints and to take
fingerprints from each other.


We will start learning about the study of hair.

I have a video for you to watch on Chapter 3.
Homework due 9/28

Chapter 3 and Review through page 65.

Make sure your know the definition of trace
evidence, class evidence, and individual

Bring in animal hair or human hair with the
roots attached if possible. If you have access
to people with natural red hair try to get a
In class 9/28

You will be using a microscope and viewing hair
of different type.

We will do crime scene sketching.
Homework due 10/5

If you made below an 85 redo your test
perfectly and I will boost your score.
If you made 85 or higher you don't need to
redo your test.

Chose a room in your home. Have a sibling or
stuffed animal or something as a victim and
sketch the room as if a crime had been
In class 10/5

We will review all the steps of a crime scene
and will get more specific. We will assign
duties for next week.

NO HOMEWORK FOR 10/12 for Fall Break!!!!

But you do have homework due on the 10/19
Really review the step of a crime
scene as an investigator. You will
be processing a small crime
scene. Bring a camera or phone.
Both should have lots of memory
and battery life. Paper, pens,
surface to write on and, flashlight.

I will supply fingerprint powder and
brushes, crime scene tape, graph paper,
and so on.
In Class 10/19

Finally, we will be going outside to process a small crime
scene. You will be divided into teams and assigned jobs.  
Bring a notebook and paper. Something to write on. Pencils,
pens, ruler, and at least 1 team member needs a phone with
a good camera.

Weather permitting.
In class 10/26

We will start learning about blood spatter and
everything that goes along with it!

Homework for 10/26

You need to read and take notes on pages 203
thru 210. Answer questions starting with Blood
Spatter on page 212 - 214. If you struggle with
page 214 just do your best.
This is from previous years. It is
for my reference only.
Homework for 10/26
I know you already did the blood spatter homework. If
you didn't then you need to get it in.

The is the CSI Link. Complete the Rookie Training.
You will see a message that the website has been
recently updated. Click on the Home tab to get
started.  Use the sheet to complete your assignment.
You will need to download it.

CSI Website

Print off for homework
In Class for 11/2

We MAY possibly do blood spatter this week
but I am a bit doubtful. I will have to check on
the weather and see if I can get things set
up. If not this week then next week.

We are going to start on serial killers and
finish up blood spatter analysis.
Homework for 11/3

Blood Spatter Analysis
In Class for 11/3

Everyone's favorite!

Serial Killers!
Homework for 11/10

Read about serial killers on the link below. Either highlight it or make
notes and keep in your notebook.

Next, complete the 2nd section on the CSI Website - You can use the
link from 10/27 to get to the site and click on this link to get to the
homework page.
Serial Killer Myths Let me know if this doesn't work
Homework for 11/17

If you did not read the info about serial killers last week
please read it for this week. I am putting up links to a
show from America's Book of Secrets - Serial Killers. I
usually show this in class and hope the link works. If it
doesn't I don't know how else to fix it and we will watch
it in class. I want you to have a general idea of the
main serial killers and what they did. You do not need
to know a lot of details.  
Bring all your homework that we haven't graded or
graded in class on Thursday.

Part 1 Serial Killer movie
Part 2 Serial Killer Movie
No Homework for 12/1

In Class we will continue with learning how to
detect liars and begin learning about how to
interrogate someone.

We will grade the homework that I keep forgetting
to do in class so bring any that you have.
Homework for December 8

Do part 3 of the CSI website. You will be learning
about additional tools to use to collect evidence. We
will be doing casting of footprints or tire marks next

I am having trouble collecting a piece of evidence on
in this scene and can't move on until I do. I think it is
my touchscreen computer. If you have this problem
go on to scene 4.

Today we are going to learn about tool
marks and make tool marks and
examine them. We will do a few tool
mark activities in class.
1/19 homework


Read Chapter 17 Ballistics only to the middle of page 498. Stop at

In class on 1/19

we will have a guest speaker who will talk about guns and bullets and
things like that. If you have any special bullets you would like to bring that
is fine, but no guns please.

Homework for 1/26

Finish Chapter 17 on Ballistics

Do only page 505 for homework
In Class on 1/26

We are going to learn about the Chris
Newsome/Channon Christian case.

On 2/2 I tentatively have a guest speaker,
Gene Patterson, former news anchor for
WATE to speak about the
Newsome/Christian case.

Homework for 2/2

Each of you must have 5 well thought
out questions about the
Newsome/Christian case to ask the
guest speaker. If someone else asks
one of your questions then mark it off
your list. Please don't sit there without
asking him anything.
In Class on 2/2

Guest speak is planned
Homework for 2/9

You will have a short quiz on ballistics on 2/9

Chapter 11

Read all of the chapter including the Careers in
Forensics about Dr. Bass.

Do the Chapter 11 Review only the True or False
for homework. HOWEVER, read each short answer
question and be prepared to discuss it in class. If
you do not participate and discuss in class then I
will start assigning more homework.  

The Crime Scene is scheduled for Sunday, April 2,
in the afternoon and early evening. I have not set
a time yet. Please let your family know and your
employer. It is necessary for you to be there to
complete this course. If an emergency happens
you need to contact me.
In Class on 2/9

Quiz on ballistics 2/9

Discuss Chapter 11

We will be doing one of the activities in the book.
Homework for 2/16

Bring questions for guest speaker


How Luminol Works
2/16 In Class

Guest Speaker
  Crime Scene Information

April 2, 2017 You need to be at my house by 3:30
but no earlier than 3:15. You don't even need to
knock. Go straight upstairs to the bonus room.
Don't come looking for me or looking around., I'll
be up and down checking on you all and will be
briefing you.

Click on this for the rest of the info.

2017 Crime Scene Info