Our resources page will be progressively improved, please visit often.

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Here is the first of our resources for teachers (and parents). We will continue to add lesson plans, and we enourage educators to contact us with improvements/additions for our lesson plans, as well as with ideas for other useful classroom tie-ins to Chimpanzee, Like Me!

lesson plan for Grade 3

LINKS

Educational Links

www.alphabetfitness.org/products I was introduced to their Chimp Shakespeare at the 2004 Chimpanzoo conference. Their product line has grown considerably since then. I got several sets of the chimp dice game and sent them to friends with language learners and to a special ed teacher and another to an occupational therapist. I got great feedback from everyone, and personally like the idea of tying in physical activity with language learning.

Nature and Chimp-specific Links

www.janegoodall.org I was part of a small group of people who got to spend a few hours with Jane Goodall at the 2004 Chimpanzoo conference, and that directly inspired me to create Chimpanzee, Like Me! Jane has been a hero of mine for years, and I am especially touched by her tenacity in bettering the lives of humans, with the knowledge that all other beings would benefit. Their Roots & Shoots program is a great way to galvanize young people in identifying a local concern, then organizing themsleves into creating solutions for it.

BOOKS

Interpreting Our Heritage by Freeman Tilden. It's focus is on interpreting at our national parks, but it helps demonstrate how to cultivate a love of nature and an excitement for the natural world.

One Man's Wilderness by Sam Keith, from the journals of Richard Proenneke. PBS aired a documentary called Alone in the Wilderness, about the life of Dick Proenneke. In the 1950's, this man chose to go live alone in the Alaskan wilderness, and he documented his effort on film. He lived in the log cabin he built for 35 years. I believe everyone should be exposed to this man's life - both his choice to live with nature and his carpenter and survival skills are astonishing.

Punished By Rewards by Alfie Kohn. An interesting examination of scientific studies that seem to show people achieve better without reward incentives. The focus is on education and corporate structure. This is for people who teach or manage anyone, and may truly alter the way you chose to conduct your classes/business.

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin. I love this book. Temple's autism connects her to the animal mind. Just read it and you will become a lot more comfortable with animal and human nature.