|Ariel and her friend Kelsey lifting fingerprints|
We chose to follow Forensic science by Simple Schooling which we got from currclick. It is a basic text but was inexpensive and user friendly. All the students do the reading at home and then we discuss in class. When my oldest son did this we used a free on line curriculum called, Step Under The Tape. I'm using this for added information, labs and to supplement what we're doing with the Forensic science curriculum by Simple Schooling.
So far we've learned the procedure for collecting evidence and securing a crime scene, secured a mock crime scene, studied and looked at bullets and casings, did persuasive papers on gun control, lifted fingerprints, extracted DNA from strawberries (tomato's and kiwis too), played Forensic Science Jeopardy, made candy DNA models (which we ate) and discussed our Case study.
It's a nice change from the usual routine science subjects that I think both parents and students feel "stuck" doing sometimes.
If you're interested in doing what we did you can check out the syllabi (they are in the 2nd/3rd trimester columns) I created to go along with the classes. That with the two curricula linked above and you'd be set for a great year of Science with Forensics.