Here’s a great idea I spotted on Pinterest…. I tried this lesson with my middle school students and they had so much fun with it! I originally used a copy machine to enlarge students’ fingerprints. It was cumbersome and time-consuming. But then I figured out a faster, easier, and better way!
For detailed instructions with photos, tips, writing prompts, a student gallery, and fascinating fingerprint facts, check out my pdf on Teachers Pay Teachers!
My pdf also comes with 3 ready-to-use fingerprint enlargements in case you don’t have time to take students’ actual fingerprints. This can also be helpful for students who arrive late or miss the first day when you work on these.
Optional… use colored pencils to lightly add some designs in the background before tracing over your writing with Sharpie. This will personalize your self-portrait even more!