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Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink

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If you want to communicate secretly with another person, you might decide to write your message in a secret code or you might choose to write your message in invisible ink. These three websites give you directions for writing a message in invisible ink. Give it a try!

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Handwriting Analysis

Handwriting Analysis

Handwriting Analysis

No two people write in exactly the same way. Detectives use handwriting analysis to solve mysteries. A handwriting expert can tell whether or a not a person wrote a letter or note. Even if a suspect tries to disguise their handwriting, a good handwriting expert can tell. The more samples of the suspects handwriting there are, the easier it is for the expert to identify writing patterns of the person being tested.

Try out your skills analyzing handwriting playing these two games: CSI Handwriting Analysis Game (scroll to game 2) and Fetch CSI: Tugboat Thug.

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Face Recognition

Face Recognition

artofcrimedetection_regRemembering a face is important, especially for the witness of a crime. A police sketch artist is trained to draw a picture of a suspect based on what a witness can describe about the suspect’s face. In the game The Art of Crime Detection you will witness two crimes. After each, you will be asked to help sketch a picture of the suspect. At the end, you can read an interview with a real police sketch artist.

Next, you can play How is Your Memory for Faces? You will look at a face and try to memorize features on the face so that you re-create what you saw. It’s harder than it sounds.

 

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Disguises

Disguises

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If you’re doing some secret surveillance, you might want to consider a disguise. Sometimes, it’s better to hide in plain sight, if you know what I mean. You can add some useful stuff to your detective kit by gathering up some simple things that will effectively disguise you: hats, sunglasses, hair gel, & a fake ponytail are good starters! What else can you think of that would be easy?

Try some of these games to see how changing just one or two things about a person’s features can effectively change how that person looks.

 

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Codes

Codes

MakingCodesCodes are used whenever people want to keep a message private. You need to know how the code works and the person receiving your message needs to know how the code works too. Here are some online activities to practice making and breaking secret codes:

Code Books:

Spy Codes and Ciphers Breaking Secret Codest Destroy After Reading the World of Secret Codes Codes and Ciphers
Mysterious Messages Sly the Sleuth and the Code Mysteries
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