Great Minds: Goodall, Fossey and Galdikas

How far would you go to defend another species? Would you give up your child or even fight to the death? The video focuses on the work of three women, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. All three worked with different species of primates and made many discoveries at a high personal cost.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research Louis Leakey, who encouraged all three women
  • Create a timeline of the research from all three to see how it complements or contradicts the others
Classroom Considerations
  • Remember YouTube comments are public and often include personal attacks and other inappropriate content
  • Video is the 12th in a 25-part series
  • Provides closed captioning for the hearing impaired
  • Highlights the geography of the areas in which the women worked
  • Contains many cross-curricular connections including biology, anthropology, psychology, geography, and history
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