Jane Goodall Lesson Plan

Multi-media Curated Teacher Resource. Includes Discussion Guide and Learning Outcomes.

MY HERO celebrates the compassion, devotion, understanding, and wisdom of Jane Goodall - developed through a lifetime study of humanity's close relative, the chimpanzee. The world's foremost expert on chimps, Jane established the Jane Goodall Institute, a global community conservation organization. The Jane Goodall Institute protects chimps and inspires people to conserve the natural world. A hero to many, she has inspired essays, art, and song from the MY HERO community. Learn more about Jane's work below.


Visions for the Future [Trailer]

Producer: Robert Rippberger

Visions for the Future is a series about visionaries, their views, and how they’re getting their hands dirty changing the world. (running time: 1:48 min)

Dream Jane Dream

A song for Jane Goodall by Lori Henriques Grammy®-Nominated Singer/Songwriter/Producer. (running time: 3:47 min)

Stories | Jane Goodall Is a Hero to Students Around the World

How One Environmentalist Changed Our World: Jane Goodall

By: Saba Azimipour

Jane Goodall

By: Avery

"Jane had a love for animals from a young age. Jane cared for animals. She watched the chickens in her family's hen house. Jane loved to read. She mostly read books about African animals."

Jane Goodall

By: Issey from Nanjing

"Jane Goodall is a good hero for me because she cares for nature and primates. Most people don’t really care. I believe I could be just like her when I grow up, or maybe I could start now."

Jane Goodall

By: Nina from Poland

"Jane now travels around the world, giving speeches about how important it is not to harm chimpanzees' habitat. She came into the forest with a dream and came out with a mission."

Listen and Read Along: Stories with Text and Audio

Jane Goodall

By: Katelyn from DuBois

Jane Goodall is an anthropologist and the leading researcher of chimpanzees. Story with text and audio so students can listen as they read along. 

Jane Goodall

By: Taylor from Montvale


Jane Goodall mural

By: Todd and students from Southwestern college in San Diego

Jane Goodall, May Peace Prevail on Earth

By: Samantha Gamble from the United States (Age 11)

Discussion Guide & Classroom Activities

1. Discuss how this multimedia content depicts Jane Goodall's wish for a world where we can live in harmony with nature.

2. Analyze the two pieces of art. How do they each tell the story of Jane Goodall with image and words? Create a piece of art depicting your hero and share it with The MY HERO Project. 

3. How is the story of Jane Goodall told through song and images in Dream, Jane, Dream? Students explore how they can tell the story of their personal hero through song and/or images. 

4. Students create their own song telling the story of their personal hero. They are encouraged to share their song with The MY HERO Project.

5. Younger children sing "Dream, Jane, Dream" to learn about Jane Goodall's work. Create a class graphic organizer about what students learned. 

6. How is Jane Goodall an example that one person can make a difference in the world? Who in your community makes a difference?

Learning Outcomes

Students will gain a better understanding of how one person can make a difference in the world. They will be encouraged to explore the use of multimedia to celebrate their personal hero.



Laura Nietzer

The Jane Goodall lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer, and features youth heroes.

Links to Additional Jane Goodall Resources 

Roots and Shoots - Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

Roots and Shoots
Projects from the Roots and Shoots website
Credit: roots and shoots

The Jane Goodall Institute - promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.

Jane Goodall Institute
Credit: Jane Goodall Institute
Jane Goodall Institute - You Tube
Credit: Jane Goodall Institute

Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom | Discover a New Hero Every Day of the Year

Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

Organizer created on 3/31/2019 1:06:30 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 11/8/2021 1:40:56 PM by Laura Nietzer