Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding CSI: Who Killed Bill? - Section 2: Using Technology to Visualize Physics Concepts


One of the major focuses of this lesson was to identify and communicate a claim against a suspect using their data analysis (SP8). I want my students to take ownership over their learning outcomes and to share the authority within our classroom.

Within this lesson, students are encouraged to create a visual model of the case against a homicide suspect (SP4).  Students express ideas like "Crime Scene Evidence is not as clear cut as this Ms.", and "If you do not figure out who do it within the first 48 hours, they will probably get away with it...". Students also ask questions like, "How can we be sure the evidence is legitimate?".  Many of the opinions that students express within this lesson relate to the way television shows portray crime scenes and the way scientists investigate them. 

As a matter of practice, I ask students to write data in tables or in mind maps so that they can clearly understand their thought process when they review their notes at a later date. I created this lesson because I want to students to see real world applications for the concepts they learn and apply in an academic setting.  

I created this lesson because I believe that students preconceptions about physics being an isolated academic endeavor can sometime hinder their ability to effectively learn physics. I think that one of the best parts of this lesson are the visuals students create as they adapt the persona of crime scene investigators because students enthusiasm for material and carefulness about observations really shines through. 


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CSI: Who Killed Bill?

Unit 1: Building Your Base
Lesson 11 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to use the speed of a bullet to determine who killed Bill.

Big Idea: Physics can be used to solve crimes.

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Science, Physical Science, velocity (Physics), speed (Motion), physics, distance, displacement, Archimedes' Principle
  80 minutes
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