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Lesson Plan

Forensics: The Honey Mystery 3 (Fingerprinting)

Summary: 
Students study the "fingerprints" of the two remaining suspects of the Honey Mystery, and compare them to fingerprints found on the honey jar, to identify who stole the honey. They also make their own fingerprints and identify the patterns in them.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Curriculum connection (2005 science topic): 
Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes (grade 2)
Life Science: Human Body (grade 5)
Procedure: 

This lesson follows the Honey Mystery 2 lesson.

Students are reminded who are the remaining two suspects (the black cat, and the black and white cat).

This lesson is fingerprint analysis.
One activity is the final part of the Honey Mystery, identifying whose fingerprints are on the jar.
The other activity is to make your own fingerprints and look at the patterns in them.

In our class, the black cat's print matched those on the jar.
We discussed what would be a suitable consequence for black cat: replace the honey jar, maybe do community service, be shown where there is a food bank for next time she is hungry.

Grades tested: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 4
Gr 5
Teacher: 
Donna Greening
Ingrid
Jane Kemp
Site tested: 
General Gordon Elementary
ingridscience afterschool
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Gordon Elementary