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By Gillian Ravenscroftscience coordinator and freelance writer

Encourage children to play detective and identify the thief who stole Mrs Callisto’s laptop with a series of science investigations

Illustration of a policeman

‘Whodunnit?’

Don’t forget, subscribers can access the fantastic Interactive resource, ‘Whodunnit? The case of the stolen laptop’. This interactive crime scene will bring the investigations to life for children.

The investigations can also be carried out using the Poster and Activity sheets that are available to all readers.

Conducting forensic investigations to solve a ‘Whodunnit?’ gives children a realistic context in which to make systematic observations and then draw conclusions. The activities that follow link to a fictitious crime committed in a school setting. You can use the crime scene Interactive resource, ‘Whodunnit? The case of the stolen laptop’ (subscribers only) – complete with Chief Inspector Hill, crime scene and suspects – to progress through the investigation, or use the downloadable Poster and Activity sheets (all readers).

The activities such as chromatography and the investigation of shoe scrapings for bicarbonate of soda could also be linked to work on changing materials.

Use the Interactive resource, Poster or Activity sheets, ‘Whodunnit? The case of the stolen laptop’ to introduce the class to the crime scene.

The scenario:

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Reviews

  1. felix
    on 22 February 2017

    crime

    good but need help

    2out of 5
  2. lynnediane
    on 20 March 2015

    Whodunnit?

    Brilliant! We have just spent the entire morning carrying out the investigation and taking notes. The children have really enjoyed it – they made crime scene boards and this afternoon, we are going to write up our reports, as junior detectives. The only problem I have encountered – I can’t find the whodunnit button, to send an email naming the culprit. Otherwise, an outstanding activity.

  3. bloom
    on 22 March 2014

    WOW

    i love this thing