Giraffes Can’t Dance Concepts: Giraffes Can't Dance

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Teach young children that with a little perseverance and the help of a good friend, anything is possible. This two-part lesson series based on the book Giraffe's Can't Dance starts with a shared reading about Gerald and his attempts to learn how to dance, before students watch a short video about bullying and act out skits demonstrating how to respond to different situations.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Perform this lesson series near the beginning of the year to establish a safe classroom environment
  • As a language arts learning center, allow children to work in pairs reading through and acting out the story using the included puppets
  • When discussing the bullying video, be sure make connections with events from the story
  • Create laminated copies of the puppets for use year after year
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires a copy of the book Giraffes Can't Dance which may be found in your school or local public library
  • With older students, you can skip a reading of the story and teach the bullying lesson on its own
  • An extensive list of questions are provided for guiding class discussions about the book and the concept of bullying
  • Prompts are provided that support children with writing about bullying
  • Hands-on activities are provided that engage children in reading the story and learning about bullying
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