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What I Know About Chimpanzees

Before we begin our chimpanzee unit, write down everything you know about chimps in the box below.

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Chimpanzees by Karen Kane

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Answer the questions below and then write about what you learned in the box below.
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Chapter 1 - Chimpanzees Are Not Monkeys

Key Words: chimpanzees, primates, apes, orangutans, knuckle walking

1. Chimpanzees and monkeys belong to a group of animals called ___________.
2. Chimps, gorrillas, and orangutans are all apes. Make a list of the facts you learned about apes.
3. Describe the physical appearance of a chimpanzee.

Podcast Play Chapter 2 - Chimpanzees At Home

Key Words:
Pan troglodytes, habitats, rain forests

Chimpanzees Live in Western and Central Africa

1. What is the scientific name for chimpanzee?
2.Where do chimpanzees live?
3.Describe a rain forest and list the animals you would find in a rain forest.

Podcast Play Chapter 3 - Chimp Families

Key Words:
community, territory, nurses

1. Chimpanzees live in large groups called _______________.
2. What is the name of the land that a chimpanzee community shares.
3. Sometimes chimps in a community form _________ which travel together.
4. Why do people form groups? What groups do you belong to?

Podcast Play Chapter 4 - All Day Long

Key Words:
omnivores, social grooming, nest

1. What do chimps do almost every day?
2. What is social grooming?
3. Chimps are omnivores. What is an omnivore?
4. Chimps use tools to __________________________.
5. Where do chimps sleep at night?

6. Chimps have to move when they run out of food. Long ago, people had to move from place to place for the same reasons that chimps move. How have human beings solved the problem of running out of food -- allowing them to live in one

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place for as long as they like?

Podcast Play Chapter 5 - Chimp Talk

1. How do chimps talk to each other?
2. How many sounds do chimps make?
3. How do chimps talk if they are far away from each other?
4. Chimps make sounds for many reasons. Why do chimps make sounds?
5. What do chimps look like when they are frightened?
6. What do chimps look like when they are angry?

Podcast Play Chapter 6 - The Little Ones

1. How old is a chimp when she has her first baby?
2. Describe a young chimp.
3. How does a mother care for her baby?
4. Chimps live in groups called ____________.
5. How long do most chimps live?

Podcast Play Chapter 7 - The World Outside

Key Words:
endangered, extinct

1. What does endangered mean.
2. Why are chimpanzees endangered?
3. What happens to chimps who try to find new homes when their old homes are destroyed?
4. How do humans threaten chimps?
5. How are people trying to save chimps?
6. How are people teaching chimps to talk.
7. What does extinct mean?

The Chimpanzees I Love, by Jane Goodall

Chapter 1 - Meeting the Chimpanzees
How Jane Goodall Came to the Gombe Stream Game Reserve in Tanzania (05:51)

Key Words: Tanzania, Gombe National Park, Lake Tanganyika, Louis Leakey

1. Describe Jane's childhood. Podcast Play
2. How did Jane get the opportunity to study chimpanzees. Podcast Play
3. Jane says, "I shall never forget the excitement and wonder of my first months at Gombe." What does she share about those first months? Podcast Play
4. What did Jane learn about chimp behavior -- there is a lot of information that can be included here. Podcast Play
5. In this chapter, Jane makes two exciting discoveries -- what are they? Podcast Play


Chapter 2 - The Chimpanzee Community


Chapter 3 - Mothers and Babies


Chapter 4 - A Day in the Forest

Chapter 5 - The Mind of the Chimpanzee


Chapter 6 - Protecting the Chimpanzees
Jane Goodall Institute


Using Tools

National Geographic Magazine - Chimpanzees

Walk in the Footsteps of Jane Goodall

Kids’ Planet—Defenders of Wildlife: Chimpanzees

Animal Bytes: Chimpanzees

Jane Goodall Institute

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