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Dr. Jane Goodall Skypes with Students at Woodward Parkway Elementary School

Third grade students were very excited to participate in a Skype video conference with world-renowned scientist, Dr. Jane Goodall. Students from Ms. Scheiner’s, Ms. Alexander’s, and Ms. Barthel’s classes listened to Dr. Goodall speak about the importance of taking care of our planet and making the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment. She also told them about her Roots and Shoots youth program and its mission to inspire young people to make a difference in our world.

During the broadcast, students from all around the world had the opportunity to ask questions via live chat, and one question from Farmingdale was answered by Dr. Goodall! The question asked was about what Dr. Goodall has learned from her research into how chimpanzees communicate. Her answer was that chimpanzees communicate through a variety of different calls, vocalizations, and body language.

Prior to the broadcast, students prepared by watching a FlipGrid created by Dr. Goodall, that taught them how to mimic the chimpanzee pant-hoot call, which is how chimpanzees greet each other. All the students had a lot of fun trying to perfect their pant-hoot, and at the end of the broadcast, they got to take a virtual selfie with Dr. Goodall!