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Ward's® Microbe Murder Mystery Kit

Avg. Ratings: 4.0 (2 Reviews)
Assume the role of a microbiologist to investigate a mysterious drowning.

  • Grades 6-9
  • Real World Case Based Scenario
  • Estimated class/lab time required: 180 minutes over 3 days
A city councilman is found facedown in his swimming pool and your students are being asked to examine the forensic evidence to determine if the drowning was accidental or if there was foul play involved. They will check for protists in the water sample from his lungs and then compare that to samples from three other nearby bodies of water. During the exercise, students will develop skills in microscopy, protist identification, record keeping, and the use of a dichotomous key. The kit comes with enough materials for eight setups, a teacher’s guide, and student copymaster. Compound microscopes, required, are available separately.
Note: Includes perishable materials, please specify delivery date.

Materials Included:
Set of six evidence samples
Microscope slides

Materials Needed But Not Provided
Compound microscopes

Time Requirement
Crime scene background; group roles and responsibilities: 30 minutes
Preparing wet mounts; making observations: 60 minutes
Completing evidence table and questions: 30 minutes
Preparing and presenting final report: 60 minutes



Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470008-874 WARD’S Microbe Murder Mystery Kit
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Total Ratings: 2
Avg. Ratings: 4.0 out of 5

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Wanda L Education / Teacher / Central Maine
Yes, I recommend
High School Kids really likes it. I wish there was a refill kit available that is cheaper $ than the cost of the complete kit or things sold separately.
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Yes: 0 No: 0 user Education / Teacher / Flint, Michigan
Yes, I recommend
This laboratory experiment is very educational for high school students. I have used this in my class for 12 years. My only suggestion would be to make sure there are large enough quantities of microbes in the solutions to sustain shipping time.
Reply associate Published 08/15/2017
Thank you for sharing.
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