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I created Daily CSI Challenges for this class to target observation and problem solving skills as well as incorporate trivia to review class material or highlight historical cases and people. Students use a Daily CSI bookmarks (PDF) to record their answers and I grade the bookmarks at the end of each week. I organize these into weekly folders on my computer to make it easier to find the ones I want to use. You can also rename the files and add the day of the week to the file name to help you organize them to fit your class schedule. See the sample schedule for a list of starters I use each week.

Updated December 2008 - The Daily CSI Challenges have been updated with a new look are are now available as indivdual PowerPoint presentations.  The weekly sets are still availble in the older version and are listed at the end of this section.

CSI Challenges - Includes word scrambles, scientists, mystery pictures, and more. I usually do one of these each week on Mondays.

Titles: Penny Challenge, Scramble 1, Scramble 2, Scramble 3, Scramble 4, Scientist 1, Scientist 2, Mystery Pictures 1, Mystery Pictures 2,
Name That Organization 1, Name That Organization 2

Spot the Differences - Students analyze two photographs or images to identify differences between them. I usually do two of these each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Slylock Fox Titles: Apple A Day, Batman , Birthday , Dinner Time, Feeding Time, Garbage Guru, Goodbye, Got Away, Hanging Around , Painting Time,
Play Time, Scary Movie , Talk Time, Test Time, Tied Up, Golden Treasure, T-Rex Terror, Vacancy

Titles: Balloons, Chocolates, Lecture Time, Long Hall, Soda Time NOTE: These challenges are harder than the Slylock Fox challenges.

Mini-Mysteries - Students read a story or analyze an image and use their investigative powers to solve a case. I usually do one of these each week on Wednesdays.

Titles: Case 1 - The Accident, Case 2 - Trash Tosser, Case 3 - Snack Shack, Case 4 - Mystery Footprints, Case 5 - Surprise Visitor, Case 6 - Window Breaker, Case 7 - Stranger Danger, Case 8 - Missing Masterpiece, Case 9 - Music Hut

Trivia Challenges - Students use their knowledge of forensics to answer an assortment of trivia questions. I usually do a trivia challenge each Friday.

Sets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Video CSI Challenges
All of these challenges use online videos related to CSI topics. They are set up as PowerPoint presentations and links to each video are available by clicking the movie reel icon. I mix these challenges in with our regular units when we cover the topics or have an extra 5 minutes at the end of a class period. Students write their answers on their note pages or a piece of scrap paper. You may want to substitute these challenges for the Trivia Challenges or Mini Mysteries.

Titles: CSI Effect Hairs & Fibers, Crime 360 DNA Extraction, Crime 360 3D Imaging, Crime 360 Drug Testing, Crime 360 Scanning Electron Microscope,
Crime 360 Superglue, Crime 360 Forensic Entomology, Crime 360 Crime Busters (Fugitive Apprehension), Dr. G Toxicology, Crime Creatures (Insects), DNA Evidence (CODIS), Underwater Detectives
NOTE:  You will want to load the videos before viewing them in class to make sure they will work properly on your computer and prevent having to wait for the video to load.

Weekly Challenge Sets (Old Format): All the weekly files listed below are set up as PowerPoint presentations with challenges for all five days of that week. The first slide for each week includes the names of the days of the week, which are hyperlinks to the slides with the daily challenge for each day. Sources are noted on the individual presentations.

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9






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