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Hair Analysis with real hair

Students look at and analyse real hair, from human and other animals.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
  • worksheet
  • animal hair samples e.g cat, dog, horse that can be taped to a worksheet
  • animal hair samples to look at e.g. bear
  • magnifiers, atleast 4X

Students tape human and animal hairs to their worksheet, look at them closely with magnifiers, and record what they find. The source is the animal they come from.

Students look at other hair samples e.g. bear, to compare with the other animals.
Bear fur can nicely show the dense, fine underfur (for warmth) and the long, coarse guard hairs (for protection against the weather and dirt, to raise in signalling to other animals).

Attached documents: 
Grades taught: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 4
Gr 5
Donna Greening
Jane Kemp
Teaching site: 
General Gordon Elementary
ingridscience afterschool
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary