Crime Scene In The Classroom!!!!

*** I have updated the resources and website for this activity.  Access the resources here and the website here!
*** If you would like to see how the simulation evolved, click here!
I had such an amazing class today I just couldn't wait to blog about it! I've been doing decent teaching since I started at my new school but every time I chat with my Teach Like A Pirate peeps (#tlap Mondays at 9 eastern and #sstlap at Thursdays at 9 eastern) I feel really inadequate. I knew I had to try to do a lesson I could sell a ticket to and even though I almost decided to scrap it five different times I finally made myself do it and it was fabulous!

I decided to create a detective agency where we were going to determine if the British soldiers at the Boston Massacre were guilt of murder or simply acted in self defense. I borrowed very heavily from this website and got a lot of inspiration from a video that I now can't find but I'll post it as soon as I find it. In the video, the kids got to interview people who had "witnessed" the Massacre. I am in a very small school and knew I wouldn't be able to get people to come in and act as colonists so I had to come up with another idea.... I would play all the roles and video my "interviews". To do that I created this....

http://bostonmassacrewilkins.weebly.com/...

You must see this just so you can see colonial interviews like this.

Movie on 11-17-13 at 6.48 PM from momtodex on Vimeo.





I had six stations. One was for the crime scene, four were based on different accounts of the events and the last one had three different artists' renderings of the event. At the account stations they had print out of the testimony, could read it on the computer and could read along as I .... I mean the colonists..... Gave their accounts. In the crime scene, students could touch anything and had various questions to answer or consider.

The kids absolutely loved it and I had a blast as well. We will be doing it tomorrow so it is about a two day activity. A the end, I'm going to have the kiddos do an argument writing paragraph about it and then we will watch the John Adams clip about the trial.

Examples of handouts:


If you would like to do this in your classroom, I'm attaching all the information for free. Click here if you would like access to all the printables.  Enjoy!!!!!


Comments

  1. Wow!!! this is wonderful! How creative!

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  2. This is so creative!!! I love reading all of your inspirational ideas.... Thanks for sharing it!!!

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  3. I would love you to join the CC ELA 7th grade GPS group at http://www.gpsnetwork.org/xwiki/bin/view/Group_CommonCoreELA7thGrade/. These lesson plans are awesome and you are just what we are looking for. There is a group for every content area and grade level. This group is new but up and running.

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  4. This is awesome! Just wondering, did you put anything inside of the "snowballs"? I will definitely be doing this with my 5th graders :)

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  5. Awesome idea! Thanks for the link to this page, too! :) Any chance you still have the resources? Thanks!

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    1. There is a link to the resources right at the bottom of the post:)

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this! We just used it at home with my 6th and 7th graders (we just started homeschooling last year and I have been trying to incorporate more out of the box things to help things stick better!) I have been eying this for weeks and finally set it all up today. It was awesome!

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    1. Yeah! I am so glad you could use this!

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  7. Love this! Was the You Tube video you showed at the end John Adams: The Boston Massacre Trial? It has been removed from your link. Also, how long would you say this took?

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  8. This idea has been in my head and I just wasn't sure where to start - THANK YOU!!! This is exactly what I wanted to do - thankfully I just started with a Google search not thinking I would find this greatness! #tlap

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  9. How did you make the bloody handprints?

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  10. I saw you mentioned that this took 2 days. Could it be done in 1 day? And just curious how many you had in each group rotating through?

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    1. I really needed two if not three days. I had six stations. In my class that meant 5 kids per station. i did a station for each reading, 1 for the crime scene and 1 for the artwork.

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  11. This is great! Thanks for sharing all the resources! I am looking forward to using this with my students.

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  12. This is so great!!! Brilliant!
    Would it be possible to get some documents that are in an editable format? I would like to take out some of the language (ex. "damns"), and modify some of the texts for some struggling readers.
    Thank you!

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    1. If you click on it again, it will prompt you to make a copy. Enjoy!

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  13. This is such a fabulous way to involve students! I've had a change of positions this year into a STEM Humanities position and this is exactly what I need to pull in the sciences and technology disciplines. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Thanks for taking the time to discuss that, I really feel strongly about it and love learning more on that topic. If achievable, as you gain competence, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is highly helpful for me.
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  16. Hello. Love this idea and all the support materials. Please edit the http://bostonmassacrewilkins.weebly.com/ page - there is a word that is supposed to be "it" but isn't. Can't show it to kids at the moment. Thanks for your attention to this. I look forward to trying it. Thanks.

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  17. I just found this lesson and I LOVE it and cannot wait to do this with my students. I cannot pull up the first video. It is restricted. PLEASE HELP! Thank you for all your time and effort you put into this awesome lesson.

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  18. I love your lesson. Where did you get the crime scene tape?

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  19. This lesson is great! My students were engaged and learning. Thank you for sharing.

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