March 2003


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Welcome to Science Class, NSTA's monthly electronic newsletter for science educators. Every month, Science Class features a curriculum topic–in this issue, Forensic Science–that is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet "SciLinks®," books, and NSTA journal articles, sorted by grade range.

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Forensic science is an increasingly popular subject to teach in today's science classrooms. Some experts, however, worry that showing students how to collect evidence from a crime scene or to analyze DNA is pandering to pupils' fascination "with guts and gore" and serving as a catalyst to promote violence in the nation's schools. Many science educators are teaching their students lessons in forensic science. Teachers in Illinois and Maine, for example, recently had their students investigate mock crime scenes. Court TV has developed, as part of a continuing educational partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Forensics in the Classroom. Download this free standards-based curriculum supplement at

Teachers can find other educational resources in forensic science—news and journal articles, books, and websites—in this issue of Science Class. So read on, and investigate whether forensic science is right for your classroom.

Forensic Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Dead Men Talking (CBS News)

Bill Bass may work under Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee, but the location of Bass' office offers little clue to his real occupation: forensic anthropologist, a job held by fewer than 60 people in America.

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Forensic Science on the Net

SciLinks® is an interactive, web-based service from NSTA that connects your lesson and/or course materials (certain textbooks, NSTA books, and journal articles) with online content chosen just for your selected topics.

Elementary: Forensic science

Intermediate: Forensic science

High School:  Forensic science

Forensic Science in NSTA Journal Articles

The following journal articles are sorted by grade level to provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to forensic science.



High School:

Books on Forensic Science

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