Final Testing and Solving the Crime
Our testing has finally concluded and now the hard work begins. We began class by organizing our clue board yet again, based on our findings from our tests last week. Not only did we discuss the results of the tests, but what those results might mean for our crime scenario.
What suspects do our results point to and how crucial is that information to solving this crime? Is every piece of evidence important?
We also conducted tape lift samples from shirts each suspect was wearing at the time of the crime, comparing what we found with samples of dog hair, human hair, threads, yarn, and grass. Ask your child what their results were and what that might tell us about the crime.
Homework - What is your Theory?
For once this class has homework! This week students are to think back on the tests that were conducted and put together some sort of scenario of what could have happened to our victim, Felix. I encouraged them to look at the evidence instead of making inferences. Their theory must have some evidence to back it up. Some theories overheard in class were extremely creative, but not evidence-based. If your child wants to write out what they think could have happened they are welcome to, but it’s not necessary. In class on Monday they will be working in their teams to discuss their theories and decide on one to present to the class. It’s best to come with an idea of what they think might have happened so there can be a starting point for the discussion. Have your child explain their theory to you. Ask them what evidence pointed them in this direction. By the end of class on Monday we should have this crime solved!
Our Next Unit - Ecology!
Looking ahead, our next unit will be focusing on ecology. How I wish we could have started it on Monday when it was such a beautiful day!
I wanted to give you a heads up that during this unit we will be spending a lot of time outdoors. Please make sure your children have a hat to protect them from the sun, along with sunscreen. Also, we will be walking through brush so it’s a good idea for them to wear clothes that can get dirty, including boots for walking through wet areas and long pants to protect from ticks and scratches. They can bring the boots with them if they want to put them on when we’re in the field and change back when we’re done. It’s possible things could get muddy, depending on the weather.
Looking forward to enjoying some of this warm weather while we learn about the world right outside our door!