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Product 13064

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Flinn Forensic Files Fingerprint Exploration Kit, analyze the prints of 10 contractors and compare them to those lifted from evidence to identifying a passport thief.

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What better way to identify a suspect than by using classic fingerprinting! When two passports are stolen from James and Carly Frank’s home, the police have their work cut out for them. Since the last time the Franks had seen their passports, they had several contractors in their home. Any one of them could have snuck into the bedroom and taken the passports. Students begin the activity by taking and analyzing their own fingerprints—comparing loops, whorls and arches. Next it is time for students to step up and analyze the prints of 10 contractors and compare them to those lifted from the dresser drawer where the Franks kept their passports. Students bring police one step closer to identifying the passport thieves!

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function
Patterns

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells
MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
HS-LS1-2: Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.