The CHIMPANZEE Educator’s Guide includes over 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to
grades 2 through 6. The lessons are aligned to National Science Education Standards and integrate
interactive elements, including ready-to-go PowerPoint presentations to help engage your class.
Additional educational resources, including audio and video clips from the film, are available at
Educator’s Guide Objectives
• Increase students’ knowledge of chimpanzees and the African rainforest
habitat through interactive, interdisciplinary and inquiry-based lessons.
• Enrich students’ viewing of the Disneynature film CHIMPANZEE and inspire
appreciation for the wildlife and wild places featured in the film.
• Promote life-long conservation values and science-based skills through outdoor
activities, nature exploration and discovery.
• Empower you and your students to create positive changes for wildlife in your
school, community and world.
• Lessons Align to National Standards.
table of Contents
Standards Alignment Chart
Welcome to the World of Chimpanzees
KWL Chart Activity
Teachers Background Information
LESSON 1 What Makes A Chimpanzee Special? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 2 How Are Chimpanzees Adapted To The Rainforest? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 3 Where Do Chimpanzees Live? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 4 How Are Chimpanzees And The Rainforest Connected? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 5 Who Are Chimpanzees’ Neighbors? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 6 Who Shares The Rainforest With Chimpanzees? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 7 What Do Animals Eat In The African Rainforest? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 8 How Is Energy Transferred Through The African Rainforest Food Web? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 9 Why Do Chimpanzees Use Tools? (Grades 2-3, 4 -6)
LESSON 10 What’s In A Face? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 11 How Do Chimpanzees Communicate Without Making Noise? (Grades 4-6) LESSON 12 What Sounds Do Chimpanzees Make? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 13 How Do Chimpanzees Use Sound To Communicate? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 14 How Do Chimpanzees Spend Their Day? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 15 How Do Chimpanzees Interact With Each Other? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 16 HOT TOPIC – What Clues Do ChimpanzeesLeave Behind? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 17 HOT TOPIC – How Do Scientists Study Chimpanzees? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 18 What Is The Difference Between A Monkey And An Ape? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 19 How Do Scientists Classify Primates? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 20 How Does Habitat Loss Affect Chimpanzees? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 21 How Can Recycling Electronics Protect Chimpanzee Habitat? (Grades 4-6)
LESSON 22 HOT TOPIC – How Can I Help Wildlife In My Backyard? (Grades 2-3)
LESSON 23 HOT TOPIC – How Can People Make A Difference For Chimpanzees? (Grades 4-6)
Background on Disneynature's Chimpanzees
Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with CHIMPANZEE, a new True
Life Adventure introducing a lovable young chimpanzee named Oscar in a story of family bonds
and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and
ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.
The world is a playground for little Oscar, who’d rather make mayhem than join his parents for an
afternoon nap. When Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimpanzees, he is left to fend for
himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever.