Jane Goodall has devoted her life to studying chimpanzees. If you could study an animal as she has, which animal would you choose? Why?
Jane Goodall's favorite childhood books, including "Tarzan of the Apes" and "The Story of Doctor Dolittle," reveal her early passion for nature. What do your favorite books reveal about you?
Jane Goodall set out on her first expedition to the Gombe Stream Game Reserve in 1960. Think about what the world was like for women in 1960. How does that make her accomplishments all the more amazing?
When people think of Jane Goodall, they automatically think of chimpanzees. What other remarkable women of the 20th century can you think of whose accomplishments warrant that kind of recognition?
- Remind students that "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall," which they read about in the article, is National Geographic's new multimedia exhibition about Jane Goodall's life and career. It tells her story through a collection of childhood possessions, a 3-D film and even a "Chimp Chat" station that invites users to mimic various primate vocalizations.
- Inform students that a multimedia presentation is exactly what it sounds like. It is an exhibit that introduces visitors to a subject through different types of media including physical artifacts, audio, video, photographs, maps, games, animations and more.
- Invite volunteers to describe multimedia shows they've seen. Discuss how exploring the subject through a variety of mediums enhances the visitor's experience.
- Have students select a famous woman in history. Encourage them to conduct research to learn about her life and career. Challenge them to find photos, maps, videos and artifacts—such as Jane Goodall's childhood books and stuffed toy primate named Jubilee—that tell something important about her past.
- Give students time to brainstorm ideas about how they could organize the items they found to create a compelling multimedia show about the woman they selected. Then challenge them to create a storyboard that takes visitors through key parts of their exhibit. Each storyboard must be at least six frames long. Each frame must contain visuals and a text block or script that visitors would read or hear while making their way through the exhibit.
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In 2018, the Smithsonian started its American Women’s History Initiative to create, educate, disseminate and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women. Explore this site to see and hear their amazing untold stories.
These Women’s History Resource Guides cover women’s histories from the early days of the United States to the present, reflecting a wide range of content produced by the National Museum of American History.
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about thirteen artifacts from the National Museum of American History that chronicle profound changes in the life of the nation.
Explore the Women’s Suffrage Movement with your students through these historical investigations presented by the National Museum of American History.
Throughout history, warfare has been seen as the preserve of men, but evidence shows that over the centuries, women were often in on the fight. Share these Smithsonian Channel videos with students to discover the extraordinary lives of history’s most iconic female fighters, who, just as fiercely as men, bravely fought, endured, and sacrificed.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, this collection from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, highlights some of the many accomplished and influential women in science, art, women’s rights and athletics throughout history.
The Costume Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Behring Center, contains over 30,000 garments and accessories representing the changing appearance of Americans from the 17th century to the present. Visit this site to browse the women’s dress collection, which shows over 70 dresses and is the most requested are of the Collection for exhibit and behind-the-scenes viewing.
From Renaissance artists to aviation pioneers, suffragists and scientists, read this Smithsonian magazine article to meet nine women who led lives destined for the silver screen.