Sunday, May 22, 2011

Science Sunday: Discovering Fingerprints

Science Sunday

During our police unit, we learned about fingerprints. Our BJU curriculum suggested we learn about how a detective can lift fingerprints, but I did not have all the supplies on hand. So, I thought we would simply learn about fingerprints themselves.

I often have to remind myself that science lessons that seem easy and mundane to me (we aren't mixing things, cutting up things, or blowing things up) are still very exciting to my little ones who had no idea your fingers had a pattern on their tips-and they are the only ones in the world with those prints!

Using a great little printable I found on, Mustang and Charger made matchbooks of their fingerprints.

Then we used our magnifying glasses to see if our prints had a Loop pattern, Whorl pattern, or an Arch pattern. It was quite difficult to tell with our quality of prints, but the kids had fun trying.

The printable can be found here:

My fingerprints book

We are linked up at Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.


Debbie said...

I love this. I have been wanting to do this with Selena, thank you for the reminder of how the simple things are so exciting to our little ones.

Deborah said...

I love how you modified the lesson plan and went with it! The children look quite interested in trying to see their curves and lines in the fingerprints. I think I will have to give this a go sometime:)

Ticia said...

I had never really thought about trying that.....

Random Deals said...

I may have to try that with my daughter, she would love it.

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See Jamie blog said...

Looks like a fun lesson!