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Chimp Minds

Teaching Guide
Understanding Travel Routes
Speaking Chimp
Representing Social Networks

Educator Notes

Activity 1: Grades 5-8 Understanding Travel Routes


PART 1 - Interpreting Graphics

2. How many nesting sites does a chimpanzee make each evening? (one)
3. How many nesting sites for Gonzo were identified? (6)
4. How many nesting sites for Coco were identified? (6)
5. Which animal preferred to travel closer to the river? (Coco)
6. Which animal preferred to nest in groups? (Gonzo)
7. Which animal traveled a greater distance? (Coco)
8. How many times did Gonzo come in contact with a river? (9 times)

During which day of travel did Gonzo most likely meet up and remain with his chimpanzee group? Explain. (Day three. After the second night, Gonzo always nested with the group. Most likely, he encountered the group during his travels on the third day.)

What are the advantages of this behavior? (find new food and water resources, allow land recovery from chimp impact, encounter new potential mates)
What social advancements helped establish this switch? (agricultural developments, ability to harness water sources)
What were the advantages of remaining in one place? (accept all reasonable answers such as the ability to develop and support more complex villages, ability to increase record of culture)

 Biology/Life Science:
 Map Reading, Data Analysis

 Science As Inquiry-Content Standard A
 Students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry,
 Students should develop an understanding about scientific inquiry
 Life Science -Content Standard C
 Students should develop an understanding of regulation and behavior
 History and Nature of Science -Content Standard G
 Student should develop an understanding of personal health

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