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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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Cracking Codes

Cracking 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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Fingerprints

Fingerprints

Fingerprint Evidence We leave fingerprints on everything we touch hundreds of times a day. We leave them on drinking glasses, silverware, toys, door knobs, water faucets, books and more. Even though we leave them everywhere, we don’t notice them at all. At a crime scene though, these left behind prints can be very important. Even one fingerprint can solve a case.

The skin on the palms of our hands and on our fingertips are covered with a pattern of ridges. You don’t even need a microscope to see them. These ridges help us grip things. Every single person has a different pattern of ridges. Even the hands and fingers of identical twins are different. The ridges stay the same throughout a person’s life too. These facts are what make fingerprints so useful for crime scene investigators. Fingerprints don’t lie.

Now, learn how to take a fingerprint from an object – this is called picking up latent fingerprints. These are the fingerfetchhat_regprints that have been left behind. One way detectives find fingerprints is by dusting the crime scene for them. Fingerprints are coated with powder, then lifted and taken to a lab for identification.

Here are three website that can help you learn all about dusting for fingerprints.

Now try your skills at Fetch’s crime scene at Canine Sniffer Intelligence: Hat Snatcher. Fetch’s hat has been stolen. Look over the crime scene and collect evidence. You have the skills to figure out which suspect is the true thief. Remember what you have learned about fingerprints.

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Surveillance Tools

Surveillance Tools

Crafty DetectivesCrafty Detectives has all kinds of directions for making detective tools. In it you can learn to to make a hidden camera, a trick wallet, an undercover book, alarms and a lot more.

    The marble telescope and the periscope are both devices to help you conduct secret surveillance. With a periscope you can see around corners or over walls or fences. With the marble telescope you can see through a keyhole. Really. Give them a try:

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Native Americans

Native Americans

The Illini, the Shawnee and the Miami were some of the Native Americans that lived in Indiana before settlers came here. One of the most well-known Native Americans from Indiana is the Miami Chief, Little Turtle. The websites and books below will help you learn more about Native Americans all over country, especially those who lived in Indiana.

Websites:

Books:

Children of the Tipi Native American Cultures Native Americans Native American Mythology
Super Simple Native American Art Black Indians a Hidden Heritage Calico Dresses and Buffalo Robes The Woman Who Lived With the Wolves and Other Stories
Native American History for Kids A Kid's Guide to Native American History Exploring the Life Myth and Art of Native Americans Before Columbus
The World of North American Indians A Native American Thought of It First People A Day in the Life of a Native American
UXL Encyclopedia of North American Indian Tribes

Indiana Books & Websites:

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