Grade 7 Science Mini Case #1

CSI:THE CRITTER RANSOM
Today’s Tasks
1. Power of Words 2. Pre-Lab 3. Lab 4. Post Lab Questions

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1. The Power of Words Motive (n)
something (a need or desire) that causes a person to act The motive for robbing the bank was to pay back his debt to the mafia. Step 1. Copy the above word into your Vocabulary Book. Step 2. Complete the activity on the back of this page.

ATL Connections
- Communication - Information Literacy - Collaboration

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Grade 7 Science Mini Case #1

CSI:THE CRITTER RANSOM
The Power of Words
Answer the following questions in complete sentences about the words relating to motive.

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Motive
Last week there was a robbery at a bank. What do you think the motive was?

Motivation
The teacher noticed an improvement in Robert. He started to come early every day to homework help class. Robert was happy too, he always saw Bam in homework help class. What do you think Robert's motivation for coming to school early was?

Impulse
When Tina saw how pretty and cool the dress looked when she tried it on, she bought it on impulse. How much time did Tina think about the dress before buying it?

Intention
In front of a chocolate store a person was giving away free chocolate. What do you think their intention is?

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Grade 7 Science Mini Case #1

CSI:THE CRITTER RANSOM
ATL’s Informa tion Literacy

2. Pre-Lab Tasks I need to know. . .

Objective: You will observe and compare samples of type and determine which typewriter (not computer and printer!!!) was used to write a ransom note. Mr. Brian is still shocked by the nerve of these thieves and the police are determined to catch Background Information: him or her. However, the police have other Bob, the science room snail has been kidnapped! He was last seen in room D416 on priorities, other things they consider more important than the kidnapping of beloved Bob. January 10, 2010 at 2:45pm. He was last So they are turning to the science students at seen by Mr. Ben. He had gone to pick up some books and looked briefly at the fishtank. KIS International School to help solve the crime. He locked the door behind him when he left. The next morning the science teacher, Mr. Brian, arrived at 7:45am. He immediately noticed that the fishtank lights were off, and then found a note on his desk. At first glance Mr. Brian thought that the note was requesting 1000 baht, but upon closer examination he realized that the thieves wanted one million baht! Mr. Brian notified the police instantly (police report states 7:53am) and the principal Michael Hirsch, who has the call recorded on his cell phone at 7:57am. Here is a reproduction of the note that was found: The police have interviewed people around the school and have come up with a list of 20 individuals, all suspects in this heinous crime. Itʼs now up in the hands of the KIS student body to save Bob!

Put 1,000,000 baht in a brown paper bag. Place the bag in the back seat of a black Jaguar that will be parked in front of the post office on Woodston Street, between 10:00 AM and 10:10 AM tomorrow morning. This is your only chance. If you fail to deliver the ransom money, you will never see BOB AGAIN!!!!!

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Grade 7 Science Mini Case #1

CSI:THE CRITTER RANSOM
Answer in complete sentences. 1." Often motives for crimes are very different. What do you think the motive was? 2." Describe another real crime you have heard about, and explain the motive.

3." Why do you think it is important to have the exact times of different events?

4. Timeline How do the pieces fit together. . .
EVENT: _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________

ATL’s Informa tion Literacy

EVENT: Ransom money is DUE!

Date & Time
January 11th 7:45 AM

January 10th 2:45 PM
EVENT: _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ 4

Date & Time

EVENT: Police notified by Mr. Brian about Bob.

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CSI:THE CRITTER RANSOM LAB
Grade 7 Science Mini Case #1

3. The LAB

Collaboration

ATL’s

Materials
Ruler

Procedures
1)" Examine the typewritten message from the 20 people that are given below as possible suspects. 2) Examine the ransom note and compare it with the typewritten messages. 3) Determine if one of the messages is written in the same type as the ransom

Type writers often have unique letter shapes. Plus you can not change the font like you can on a computer.

Critter Ransom Suspects
Sample type from the suspects typewriter at home" "
Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water. "

Suspect
Mary Jack

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.!

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Mai
Missy Nutt
James

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.! ndy A

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.
Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.! !

Lori
Keith

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water." "

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Phing Babe Jina
Betty

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water." "
Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.

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Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.! ! Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water. !

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Helen Spencer Putter Jayne Levi

Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.! ! Jack and Jill went over the hill to fetch a pail of water.! !
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Billy Simon

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Grade 7 Science Mini Case #1
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4. Post-Lab Questions

Answer the questions below in your own words and in complete sentences. 1. Do you believe beyond a reasonable doubt that one of these individuals was in possession of a typewriter that typed the ransom note?
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2. In your opinion who is the criminal?
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3. Explain why you selected this individual. What letters or characters led you to your conclusion?
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4. After identifying the suspect, what are three things that the police (or the KIS team of investigators) could do to determine more accurately if the person is guilty of the crime?
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