Forensic Science (R) with Ms. Crego, Fall 2019
Textbook: Forensic Science: Advanced Investigations. South-Western. Centage Learning. 2012. Print. . Students will keep assigned textbook at home
Course Approach: The course is presented in a flipped classroom that uses the blended-learning. In this format, students prepare for class by becoming familiar with vocabulary and basic concepts through homework assignments (reading, video, slide presentations) and work on more difficult skills and concepts in the classroom by engaging in discussion, collaboration and activities.
Classroom Goals: The goal of this course is to help students increase analytical skills through critical thinking activities and are generally interactive/hand-ons in nature (small and large group discussion, simulation, modeling, role-play, research, multimedia). Students can get the most out of the course when they bring to class the knowledge that focus, imagination, collaboration, role-play, creativity, perseverance, persistence and thoroughness are key to their success. (See below "FORENSIC SCIENCE PARENT LETTER" which your student received in class and was asked to bring home for your signature.)
Learning Objective: To understand the principles of scientific investigation and apply them to when answering questions about the crime scenes and criminal activity.
Earning a Grade:
HOMEWORK: All assignments are posted in the Google classroom. The goal of homework is to prepare student for class activities by having completed reading assignments, online simulations, viewed videos or other online materials, organized information for use in class and completed written assignments via the Google classroom. */ **&&
CLASSWORK: The goal of classwork is to apply and widen knowledge gained through homework activities in hands-on activities, discussion, collaboration, and student presentations. **&
MAJOR ASSESSMENTS: The goal of major assessments is to assess student learning which is highly dependent on engagement and participation in homework and classwork activities. Announcements are posted in the Google classroom 3 – 5 days in advance of a test; projects are posted with due dates at the time of assignment.**
Marking Period 1:
Topics: Procedures of crime scene investigation, laboratory techniques; arson and fire, explosions, Autospy
Projects: "True Crime" novel - Book Report
Tests Chapter(s) Covered Date
Test 1: Chpt 1 Sept 18, 2019
Test 2: Chpt 2 TBD
Test 3: Chpt 3 TBD
Test 4: Chpt 4 TBD
Test 5: Chpt 5 TBD
Test 6: Chpt 6, 7, 8 TBD
Marking Period 2: Innocence Project Research
Topics: Alcohol & Poisions; DNA; Odontology; Entomology; Criminal Profiling
Tests Chapter(s) Covered Date
Test 1: Chap 9 TBD
Test 2: Chpt 10 TBD
Test 3: Chpt 11 TBD
Test 4: Chpt 12 TBD
Test 5: Chpt 15 TBD
How to be Successful
be open to learning
share credit choose kindness volunteer first unselfishly give
love to explore
be a storyteller
love to compete
(This list has been taken, in part, from Warren Buffett’s list, “15 Habits of Lucky People”.)
Bring to class: Pens and Pencils, lined paper for note-taking (in addition to the composition book), folder for handouts. Optional: colored pencils, 3" x 5" index cards (extra credit
Supplies needed at home: computer or device with a keyboard connected to the internet (if not available at home, these devices are available every day after school at JFK), unlined paper; poster paper, colored pencils or pens, glue and scissors.
Grading Policy and Assessments:
*Most homework is assigned via the Google classroom and assignments are due by 8AM on the next school day, unless otherwise indicated. *Late assignments will not accepted on a late basis (not submitted by deadline/those left a home/not done or in locker). If circumstances beyond your control prevent a student from completing a homework assignment, your parent or guardian may call your guidance counselor who will relate the information to me. Only then, will I work about a plan to make-up the missing assignment.
**Printer failures at home are not an acceptable excuse for not having done the assignment; hand written work will be accepted without loss of credit in such cases. Lack of appropriate device is not a reason for not having done an assignment. Computers are available every day after school for student use. Projects and other assignments are due on the due date at the beginning of class.
**&Students who leave before their class period (sports, illness, club activities) are responsible for turning in their work, due on that date, to Ms. Crego, or the main office, before they leave for the day.
**&&Make-up and missing work (work you can't/didn't turn in) will not be discussed during class sessions. Check the Google classroom, check with a classmate, and only then email for missed work. All make-up quizzes and tests are in the café between 7:00 AM and 7:50 AM, by appointment, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- be on time for class or come late with a pass.
- on-time homework, classwork and projects.
- charging your chromebook is part of your homework and must be in class every day (it's worth on test grade of 100% when brought to all class meeting throughout a marking period; grade decreases by one letter grade, each time the chromebook is missing or has "died".)
- chromebook is closed or at "half-mast" until directed to do otherwise
- cell phones and earphones/ear buds are not to be out of your pocket or used in class unless directed to do so.
It is expected that students will demonstrate responsibility by following classroom rules at all times. Behavior not aligned with these expectations will result in disciplinary measures as outlined in the student handbook.