Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae promotes themes of self-acceptance, confidenceself-reflection, perseverance and self-esteem.

The book gives opportunities to teach:

Gerald the giraffe is tall, awkward and clumsy. He wants to dance but lacks self-confidence in his abilities. When he attempts to join in the annual Jungle Dance, the other animals laugh at him because giraffes can’t dance. He creeps off the dance floor feeling useless and dejected.
Unknown to Gerald, a cricket had been watching and gave the giraffe some guidance. “Sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song.” The advice inspires Gerald to find the rhythm in him and is ecstatic that he can actually dance.
The other animals gather to watch the giraffe move, amazed at his dancing ability. When they ask how he can dance so well, Gerald tells them everyone can dance when they find music that they love.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
Publisher: Orchard Books (2014)
ISBN: 9781841215655

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Giraffes Can't Dance Resources

I have created a bundle of literacy graphic organizers for Giraffes Can’t Dance. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Click on the image to go directly to the pack.

Giraffes Can't Dance Graphic Organisers

I have created a literacy pack for Giraffes Can’t Dance which includes 290 NO PREP graphic organizers. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:

*Click on these links to discover book recommendations on these topics.

You can also buy individual packs of some of these areas.

Read-Aloud Questions

Read aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.

  • Do you think giraffes can dance? How do you know?
  • Think about things you are good at, or not so good at?
  • How do you feel when you can’t do something as well as you wish?
  • Does it matter if you are not good at something if you enjoy doing it?
  • Describe the problem faced by Gerald and how he solved it.
  • How did the illustrations help you understand Gerald’s journey?
  • How would you describe Gerald? What are his character traits?
  • Why is it a problem to make assumptions about yourself and others?

You can find a full set of 64 comprehension questions for Giraffes Can’t Dance available in my TPT Store.

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