Jane Goodall Lesson Plan: Primates Research
Submitted by: Angela Watson
In this Jane Goodall lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore Goodall’s work with primates. Students will also list and discuss facts they learned about Goodall’s work during the movie and define key vocabulary terms related to Goodall’s work.
- Identify prior knowledge about Jane Goodall’s work with primates.
- List and discuss facts about Goodall’s works learned during the movie.
- Define key vocabulary terms related to Goodall’s work.
- Computer with projector or interactive whiteboard for viewing BrainPOP movie
- Copies of the KWL chart for all students
- Printout or handwritten list of the vocabulary words
- Printed and photocopied first activity page for homework or follow-up
- others resources that can be found on the Jane Goodall Institute website
Preparation:Print copies of the KWL chart for students. Have a copy of the vocabulary words available for students on the board or overhead projector. You may also want to print BrainPOP's POP Quiz and BrainPOP's POP Quiz comic to use before or after the lesson. Preview the movie and plan where to pause and discuss.
- Introduce the word “primatology” to see if students can determine the root word and deduce its meaning.
- Write the name “Jane Goodall” on the board. If possible, show a photo of Jane from a book or the Internet. You may also want to write the vocabulary words on the board or show a printout of the words to help get students thinking, and define the terms together as needed.
- Ask students to complete the “What I Know” section of the KWL chart with a partner or individually. Share student ideas by typing directly in to the KWL chart!
- Have volunteers mention some things they wrote down to give the rest of the class some ideas for how they might fill out the “W” section of the chart.
- Provide a few minutes for students to brainstorm and write things that would like to know about Jane Goodall in the “What I Want to Know” section of the graphic organizer. Discuss as a class to set a purpose for viewing the video.
- Explain that the class will be watching the video through two times. The first time, students should just watch and listen. The second time you play the movie, pause it during key concepts and vocabulary so students can take notes under the “L” section about what they learned.
- After the movie, give students several minutes to turn and talk about what they learned.
- Have students flip their papers over. Show the vocabulary words again and ask students to choose two or three new words they learned today. Students should write the words, their meaning, and use them in a sentence. If they finish early, they can illustrate their words or choose another word to write about.
- For homework or in a follow-up lesson, students can read the FYI comic and write a paragraph explaining how it relates to what they learned about Jane Goodall. Students can also complete the POP Quiz and Word Scramble/Think About It activities that correspond with the movie.