East Central University NSTA ITV Meeting Presentation:  Science of Toys Theme.

Crime Scene Investigation Skull Activity
by Celeste Dibler, Paula Jones, Michael Lindley, Paul Wilson
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The students will have an understanding of the surface anatomy of the human skull.

The students will be come familiar with the bones of the face and skull as well as the muscles covering these bones. 

This will not only help with understanding the internal structures, but also with external extremities. 

The students will have to look at the suspects and determine which one they have constructed. 

The students will get an understanding of how individual differences in these features will account for differences in facial appearance.

This is a very interactive lesson. 
The students will relate to the Crime Scene Investigation Kit because of the popular tv show.

After the lesson, the teacher can talk about possible jobs in the field of forensic biology.


The students will be graded on the following:
    100 pts. for accurate features (nose, muscles, face contour, ears, etc.)
    50 pts. for participation
    50 pts. for chosing the suspect correctly


The students can be assessed in a variety of ways. 
Students will be given an exam or quiz where they must name the 8 bones of the cranium.
What bones are connected by the frontal suture, by sagital suture?
With one exception all bones are joined by sutures, what is the exception?
What facial bones form the chin?  the cheekbone?  the upper jaw and bony eyebrow ridges?

PASS Skills Met:  
science process standards
1.  observe and measure
2.  classify
6.  inquiry

ART Process Standards Met:
1.  language of visual art
3.  visual art expression (molding clay)
4.  visual Art appreciation