Intro to Forensic Science Set

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Overview

For Grade Level 11-12

Forensic science is a fascinating study of over twenty scientific disciplines offering investigative work to the judicial system. Master Books’ Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview reveals God as the Author and Designer of science and the need for Christian investigators reporting to the judicial system. Scripture, case studies, and the knowledge of various scientific disciplines are taught throughout this one of kind homeschool curriculum.

What’s Included

1 x Intro to Forensic Science
1 x Intro to Forensic Science (Teacher Guide)

A Look Inside

Book Trailer

Intro to Forensic Science

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Intro to Forensic Science - Podcast Excerpt

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SKU M243-1-SET
Manufacturer Master Books
Title Intro to Forensic Science (Set)
Subtitle From A Biblical Perspective
ISBN 13 9781683442431
Contributors Jennifer Rivera
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Weight (in lbs) 6.4

The term “forensic science” refers to the acquisition of knowledge gained from the evidence, analysis, and investigator interpretations with the goal of presenting this knowledge before individuals in the judicial system.

While television, movies, and podcasts have popularized forensic science, much of what is portrayed in the media is not accurate. Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview homeschool curriculum was developed to teach your students how to use keen observational techniques, understand the disciplines that make up forensic science, and know how to apply them to seeking first the Kingdom of God.

In every lesson, applicable Scripture is woven throughout the text, along with practical labs, and review materials. Case studies are included to raise the student’s awareness of some of the most famous crimes in history, both solved and unsolved, while examining real investigative practices, time frames, and judicial results. Because of the sensitive nature of the case studies, this course is recommended to 11th and 12th grade students.

Course Objectives

  • Study forensic science through a biblical lens and learn how science clearly confirms the Bible.
  • Discover how casts are taken of shoeprints and tire marks and how they are used in investigation.
  • Evaluate fire and blood spatter patterns and how they are used to determine origin and method.
  • Explore several types of microscopes and their purposes in forensic science.
  • Examine the role of alcohol, drugs, tools, insects, and more in crime scene investigation.

Course Features:

  • 45 minutes per lesson, 5x per week
  • Convenient daily schedule, saving you time!
  • Full-color student & teacher text
  • Perforated, 3-hole punched worksheets
  • Recommended Grade Level: 11th – 12th
  • Exercises, labs, extension activities and assessments. Purchase the Forensics Supply Kit and Microscope.
  • One year course to earn one science credit

Curriculum Pack Includes:

  • Student Text - Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview
  • Teacher Guide – Intro to Forensic Science from a Biblical Worldview

About the Author:

Jennifer Hall Rivera EdD is the Director of Educational Programs for Answers in Genesis. Her interest in the forensic sciences started at an early age and is credited to the godly instruction of her father, a renowned fingerprint expert. Her experience in the field of forensic science includes employment in a crime scene unit, over a decade of teaching, journal publications, and numerous speaking events.

Content Warning: This course deals with real criminal case studies and discusses sensitive topics. Parental discretion is advised.

Can’t say enough good things
Review by Echo
My 16 year old daughter loved this book! So interesting and so much information. She normally hates science, but this was perfect!
Well done!!!!
Review by Stepheny
I purchased this course at our local Christian bookstore to use with my three children this year, and I must say that it’s one of the best science courses we’ve done yet! All of the supplies were easy to find (if we didn’t already have them at home), case studies were extremely thought provoking, and the author accomplished the most important thing of all by pointing it all back to God. Thank you so much Master Books!
Exceeds our expectations
Review by Tracie
I am using Forensic Science with my three high school students (9th, 10th & 11th) and we are loving it! I love how it uses real live cases, some that I’m familiar with but my kids are not, to explore the science of how they gather evidence and use it to solve crimes. Science has never been my favorite subject to teach/help with, but I look forward to it now. My favorite part is how it has a Biblical World view and it applies so many things throughout the lessons to what the Bible says and is a spiritual learning tool along with the science. I originally just got a set with 1 text & 1 teachers guide, but went back and ordered my 3 students their own guide to fill in the lab info, because answering everything in a notebook doesn’t work as well. We are on unit 3 and are excited to keep learning through the rest of the book.
Fascinating
Review by Virginia
The Intro to Forensic Science Set includes both the teacher and student books for a fascinating out-of-the-box lab-based science course that is sure to keep your student engaged all year long. This course enables students to evaluate real case studies, analyze forensic science articles, participate in hands-on labs, and develop an understanding of how to view forensics through the lens of God’s Word. This course is recommended for 11th-12th grade and because it does cover include actual historical cases that are grim, I would not suggest using it with younger students unless they are very mature.

The teacher's guide includes unit and cumulative tests, suggested grading parameters, supply lists, a suggested daily schedule, student worksheets, and a variety of activities. Students will learn about the importance of documentation of evidence, how to identify a variety of tool marks, calculate the trajectory of a bullet, analyze handwriting, and more!

The Intro to Forensic Science student book includes a text that is fascinating as well as vibrant and colorful images and graphics.

I would highly recommend this course for any upper high school student interested in a career in law enforcement or forensics.
Love This new Course
Review by Ashley
Intro to Forensic Science
I like the layout of this curriculum. This course is made for 11th and 12th graders, due to some of the content. There are eight units in this class unit 1 is an introduction with two lessons Unit 2 is about the crime scene and has two lessons unit 3 is about physical evidence with five lessons unit 4 is biological evidence with six lessons Unit 5 is about transitory evidence with 10 lessons unit 6 is about forensic tools with four lessons unit 7 is about forensic specialist with two lessons and Unit 8 is about the judicial system with three lessons giving you 34 lessons. The pictures in the textbook are amazing at the beginning of each lesson there is a case study which is followed by information that is needed to know about the topic. It gives you the detailed stages of a bug and how it works with the crime scene to determine when the crime happened if your child is interested in forensic science this is a great starting point to see if that is what they want to do.

Teacher's Guide to intro two forensic science
This book is the worksheets, quizzes, and tests for the course. It also gives the master supply list broken down into categories along with a schedule. This course is covered over 180 days and is worth one credit for high school students. There are also 45 labs 2 Observation Labs 8 unit tests and 2 cumulative tests. The answer key to the worksheets and test most of the lab answers vary from student to student this book gives you as a parent to credit your student on what they know and is a very good course I would recommend it if anyone’s student is interested in law enforcement or forensic science.
Great course for aspiring criminal justice majors
Review by deon
If your teenager is looking to pursue a career in the criminal or legal field, this is a great course for them! This 36-week class details many different methods that police and detectives use when solving crimes, while still keeping God at the center. The first lesson starts off by telling the student what - or rather, who - is the source of all truth and justice.
The textbook is full of helpful photos and graphs, and even features pictures of real-life pieces of historical evidence. The beginning of every lesson covers a famous criminal case and helps to introduce the chapter to the student. The recommended grade level, 11-12th grade, is best, due to the nature of some of the mentioned crimes (the Unabomber, John Wayne Gacy, OJ Simpson, etc.).
The supply list is very detailed, and is sorted out by the type of item needed (household, craft, food, etc.) The homework sufficiently covers the material found in the textbook. The homework is structured so that the student is thoroughly tested on what they’ve learned. The labs and case studies make for fun, hands-on supplemental material.
Overall, this is an amazing science course! With lots of quips and quotes from the Baker Street detective, this is a great course for those who wish to enter forensics as a career or really, any teen who is passionate about finding the truth behind a crime.
A fascinating course
Review by Kathleen C
Students evaluate real case studies, analyze forensic science articles, participate in hands-on labs, and develop an understanding of how to view forensics through the lens of Gods word.
Scripture is woven throughout each lesson. There are labs and review materials to enhance understanding of each concept.


Teaches that there are two sciences: Observational and Historical. Forensic science applies both of these.

34 lessons beginning with the history of science. Some of the topics included are Physical Evidence, Biological Evidence, Transitory Evidence, Forensic Tools, Forensic Specialties, and The Judicial System.

This is a very captivating course to use regardless of what you plan on doing as you go into the workforce.

*This course was created for 11th-12th grade students because of the sensitive content included.
Excellent course!
Review by Becky V.
Intro to Forensic Science is an excellent course that will take your upper high school student into the world of analyzing a crime scene, weapons, handwriting analyses, computer crimes, DNA profiling, fingerprinting, facial recognition, the judicial system, and so much more, all with a biblical worldview. This course is absolutely fascinating.

It is a designed for grades 11-12 as a one-year course with labs that will earn your student 1 credit. Time investment is about 45 minutes for each lesson, scheduled five days a week.

The student text uses real case studies and hands-on labs to understand the basics of forensics. Any student who is fascinated with crime shows, or has an interest in the medical or legal field will complete this course with a greater understanding of the subject matter. And the best part, this course challenges your student over and over to look at the subject matter through the lens of God’s Word. It’s not an easy course, especially with the cases that are covered, but it is an eye-opening course that will push your student in skills of critical thinking and reflection.

The student text is laid out in a very organized manner, taking your student first through what forensic science is and then diving into the studies of crimes scenes and the different types of evidence, finishing with forensic tools used, specialities of forensics, and the judicial system. I really appreciate how each lesson (chapter) specifically goes into every topic viewed from a biblical worldview. It is not skirted around, it is very intentional in discussing each topic and relating it to what God’s Word says.

The teacher guide for Intro to Forensic Science is very thorough and well organized also. It includes a weekly lesson schedule, exercises, labs, extension activities, exams (unit tests and cumulative tests), answer key, and master supply list. The suggested daily schedule is set up to cover the text over 36 weeks, 5 days a week. A lesson typically includes terms to know, a case study, a page to take notes on the case, exercise worksheet(s), application, and a lab.

For the parent, it is recommended to review the case study and discuss it with your student in order to address any of their notes taken as they read the case. It also allows you the opportunity to talk through any sensitive or difficult topics, as one of the subject matter can be graphic or violent.

Exercises included in this course vary from multiple choice questions regarding topics discussed in the student text, to short answers that require thought and reflection.

The teacher guide provides you with everything you need to successfully guide your student through this phenomenal course of forensic science from a biblical worldview.

I highly recommend this course to every high school student who has an interest in forensic science.
Impressed
Review by Yulia
I am absolutely impressed with how well this course has been created. It includes real cases, real world knowledge about forensic science, labs, techniques and much more.

The course is crafted with detail and great organization and easy to follow. It also interweaves the Bible and biblical worldview in every lesson. It is a faith, character and knowledge builder.

The only warning is that this course discusses real cases, so it can be pretty sensitive for some people, so it is best fit for mature high schoolers.

Beautifully done! I hope there will be a Masterbooks Academy class created for this course especially to guide though lab parts.
A Very Well Put Together Course
Review by Laurie
I cannot stress enough how interesting this course is. It opens a whole field of science that one would not learn from your average school textbooks. Some examples are the history of forensic science, career options in the field, notable people, DNA and how it is linked to the field, and so much more. This course also includes labs that are incorporated into the set. This course is designed for 11th-12th grades. I feel this is appropriate for more mature individuals. Some content that is covered includes real-life crimes (OJ Simpson), drugs, weapons, crime scenes, and so on. Throughout all this, the course leads students to understand man does have a sinful nature but everything points back to a Creator God.

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