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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.
  • Science
    • 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: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics Within Ecosystems
      • 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
      • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.3.1 Develop and answer questions to locate relevant and specific details in a text to support an answer or inference. (RI&RL)
      • R.3.2 Summarize portions of a text to determine a theme or central idea and explain how it is supported by key details. (RI&RL)
      • R.4.3 Describe a character (traits, motivations, and/or feelings), setting, or event, drawing on specific details in the text. (RL) Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts, including what happened and why, based on specific evidence from the text. (RI)
      • R.5.1 Locate and refer to relevant details and evidence when explaining what a text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences. (RI&RL)
      • R.8.1 Cite textual evidence that strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences. (RI&RL)
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