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Me...Jane



Last updated Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Author: Patrick McDonnell McDonnell
Date of Publication: 2011
ISBN: 9780316045469
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2011

Synopsis: In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What are everyone's favorite (jungle) animal?
•  Does anyone have a favorite stuffed animal?
•  What do you want to be when you grow up?
•  Does anyone know who Jane Goodall is?

Vocabulary
•  Chimpanzee
•  Cherished
•  Miracle
•  Sap (tree sap)
•  Africa


Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Does anyone have a favorite stuffed animal like Jane?
•  Does anyone like to play outside like Jane? What kind of game do you like to play?
•  Do you know where eggs come from? How many of you have been to a real chicken coop?
•  How many of you know or have heard about the story of Tarzan? Have any pf you seen the Disney movie Tarzan?
•  Do any of you know what/where Africa is? Has anyone been there before, or do you know
•  someone who has traveled there? What do you know about Africa? How many of you would like to go there?
•  Would any of you like to live and work in the jungle like Jane when you grow up? Do you think it sounds like fun?


Craft ideas:
•  Jungle animal masks- pre-made template, the kids cut them out and color them and wear them (string on the side to hold them up, have the volunteers help them do that part)
•  Draw a picture of what you would like to do when you grow up.


*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!