The DNA of our Fingerprints

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No two people are exactly alike, and nothing proves that fact more than our fingerprints. Offering a series of fun educational activities, the second instructional activity in this series engages children in solving the mystery of who took the candy from the class jar, as well as recording and analyzing the patterns in their own fingerprints.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend learning by having children use ground up graphite to try dusting for fingerprints
  • When trying to solve the candy jar mystery, allow students to work with a partner or in small groups to identify the culprit

  • Offers suggestions for differentiating the lesson for gifted students, English language leaners, and children with learning disabilities
  • Lesson provides all supporting materials, including worksheets, handouts, and answer keys
  • A clear step-by-step procedure is provided for implementing the lesson

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Common Core