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Who Stole the School Mascot?

Who Stole the School Mascot?

Introduction

Use this sheet to record your ideas about the crime.


Group Name: ____________________________________________

The Crime

The crime was identified when the principal noticed that the school mascot—a penguin—was missing from the shelf in his office where he keeps it. After conducting a thorough search of his office, his secretary's office, and all the rooms nearby, the principal concluded that the mascot had been stolen. He sent out a text-message alert to the teachers, asking for help in finding the penguin. He was especially concerned that it be located before the first football game of the season.  

The teachers met with the principal to develop a list of suspects. They concluded that the perpetrator was probably one of these three people:

  • The football coach: He is considered the prime suspect. His motive may have been that he wanted to have the mascot available as a point of pride in the school and to encourage the players to do their best at the opening game. He is about 5'8", has brown hair, and often wears a blue jacket. According to school records, his fingerprint is a loop pattern. (The FBI characterizes fingerprints as a loop, arc, or whorl pattern. Check out Overview of Fingerprints for more information about fingerprints.)
  • The quarterback: He may have stolen the mascot to have as his own good luck charm. He is over 6' tall, has black hair, and wears a bright yellow sweater to practices. His fingerprint is also a loop.
  • The cheerleader: The cheerleader is good friends with the quarterback. She may have stolen the mascot to impress her friend. She is 5'4", has blonde hair, and often wears a dark green sweatshirt. Her fingerprint is an arc. 

Crime Scene Investigation

You should use this section to develop your hypothesis about who commited the crime, to record the evidence you collect, and record your final determination as to who is guilty.

Group Hypothesis

We think the perpetrator was:

 

Evidence Collected

Evidence #1:

 

Evidence #2:

 

Evidence #3:

 

Conclusion

Based on the evidence, who do you think committed the crime?

 

Does this match your prediction? Why or why not?

 

What evidence did you use to make your decision?

 

 

Class Presentation

Using the evidence and infomation you recorded, prepare a presentation about who you think committed the crime. The presentation should be done as a PowerPoint or as a QR code that the rest of the class must interpret. Use this section to write down your ideas for the presentation.

Be sure to state what your hypothesis was, the evidence you found, and your final conclustion about who committed the crime.

 

 

 

 

 

Rubric

To help you keep track of what the teacher expects you to do for this assignment, pay attention to this rubric:

  • 3 points: You successfully downloaded the QR app, were able to use it to decipher the evidence, were able to interpret the evidence to determine who committed the crime, and were able to develop an interesting presentation explaining your results.
  • 2 points: You successfully downloaded the QR app but had trouble using it to decipher the evidence. You could interpret some of the evidence to determine who committed the crime and were able to develop an interesting presentation explaining your results.
  • 1 point: You had trouble downloading the QR app and using it to decipher the evidence. You also had trouble interpreting the evidence to determine who committed the crime and developing an interesting presentation explaining your results.

How would you rate your group's work?

 

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