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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Video, 3 minutes, 9 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessment
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


"What Happened When We All Stopped"

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  • This animated poem, read by Jane Goodall, shows what happened when people slowed down during the Covid-19 pandemic and began to notice nature. 
  • Students will learn that people have damaged the environment and that people can work together to rebuild it. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video will remind students that humans are responsible for taking care of the natural world.
  • The gentle animation style pairs well with Jane Goodall's calming voice.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following terms: tenacious, prevail, rebirth, and renewed.


  • English language arts classes could annotate the poem, noting the rhyme scheme, meter, figurative language, and literary devices.
  • Younger students could draw before and after pictures to show what changed from the beginning of the poem to the end.
  • Writing classes could write personal reflections about a natural place that feels peaceful. Students could incorporate sensory images to help the reader understand what it feels like to be there.
  • Other resources on this topic include this animated video on the importance of biodiversity, this video that takes students to a silent rainforest in Washington, and this interactive map that shows the restoration potential of land in different parts of the world.
Scientist Notes
This poem narrates the importance of adopting collective ideas such as nature-based solutions, clean energy, and other climate solutions to rebuild the planet. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.6-8.5 Provide an accurate summary of various texts; determine the central idea(s) or theme(s) and analyze its development throughout each text.
      • R.6-8.6 Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
      • R.9-12.7 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in various texts, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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