This holiday activity has the students read a bunch of clues and fill in a table to organize the clues so they can determine who kidnapped Baby New Year at the New Year’s Eve party. Using the clues and fingerprint evidence, the students should be able to determine if it was Angelito, Autumn, Sato, Zach, or Katie.
The crime itself is fairly easy to solve, the real work comes when the students write their CER. This part of the worksheet looks like this:
After completing the reading and note-taking, you must determine who kidnapped Baby New Year. You must write your answer and prove it using CER.
C = your claim. Who do you think kidnapped Baby New Year?
E = Evidence. You must discuss all the evidence against the suspect you think kidnapped Baby New Year and evidence explaining why it can’t be the other suspects.
R =Reasoning. This ties it all together. What is the evidence telling you?
This activity involves organizing information, matching fingerprints, problem solving, and backing a claim with evidence. Students might even want to use magnifying lenses to look at the fingerprint patterns. I have included double loop whorls, an arch, a loop, and a plain whorl. Students do not need to know the types of prints to solve this case, though. It is everything you need to make the New Year fun!
Grades: Middle School, High School, Homeschool
Subjects: Holidays, New Year’s Eve, Forensics