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Dec 14, 2007

CSI: Wildwood


CSI: Wildwood. Who killed Mr Bunny? from Wildwood Trust  
 
CSI: Wildwood – Who Killed Mr Bunny? is a wildlife forensic science workshop, aimed at Key Stage 2 and above. It can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities.  

CSI: Wildwood – Who Killed Mr Bunny? is a wildlife forensic science workshop, aimed at Key Stage 2 and above. It can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities.

Objectives: Students learn about food chains, diet, dentition, adaptation and tracks and signs of different British species whilst also getting a taste of forensic science. Methods: Students examine a woodland crime scene and take on the role of crime scene investigators, examining the clues and identifying the evidence collected from the crime scene. They also carry out chemical tests, study an autopsy report and examine information on the possible suspects in order to gradually eliminate suspects and decide who killed Mr Bunny. Students build up their knowledge of tracks and signs using ID keys and the elimination of various suspects requires them to use their knowledge of the habits, diet, dentition and adaptation of the various species. In place of interviews with suspects, students are provided with additional information on all species.

Results: CSI: Wildwood has proved very popular with schools this summer and has also been run for a large group of Guides and Brownies. All groups have been highly satisfied with it and the children have really enjoyed the murder mystery format. We have had interest expressed from several groups for the coming academic year, including a gifted and talented group from one of our regular grammar schools and A level groups interested in forensic entomology. Students learn about food chains, diet, dentition, adaptation and tracks and signs of different species in an enjoyable murder mystery format.

Students examine a staged woodland crime scene and a series of clues to identify and eliminate suspects in the murder of Mr Bunny, requiring them to use and expand their knowledge of food chains, diet, dentition and adaptation for a variety of native British species. Clues include comparison of fur, feathers, faecal samples and tracks with reference samples, chemical tests and studying an autopsy report.
 

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