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Roots and Shoots


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 13 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Articles and Websites
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global, Africa, Europe


PDF, YouTube Video

Hello Dr. Jane!

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  • This resource includes a video, vocabulary terms, pre-reading questions, journal topics, and a biographical article about Jane Goodall. 
  • Students will learn about the remarkable life of this renowned scientist and activist. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource includes everything teachers need to deliver an outstanding introduction to Dr. Jane Goodall. 
  • The video is simply designed with beautiful images, making it a great way to get students interested in the lesson.
  • Dr. Jane's biography is a good fit for readers at many skill levels. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may want to go over the list of vocabulary terms with students before the lesson. 


  • This resource could be used in history classes while discussing the contributions of women or how far women's rights have come since Dr. Jane began her research.
  • Science classes could use this resource when discussing the work or findings of Dr. Jane.
  • Teachers could have students focus on one journal question, then students who wrote on the same topic could meet in groups to share their thoughts and reflections. 
  • Other related resources include this animated poem read by Dr. Jane Goodall, this video about a Kenyan environmentalist, and this video about having hope for our future. 
Scientist Notes
The resource shares the story of Dr. Goodall, a leader and ethologist who studied the behavior of Chimpanzees in Africa and the need to protect their habitat through a people-centered conservation approach. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • MS-LS4-2 Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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