In Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae Gerald discovers he can dance, even though he thought it was impossible. The book promotes themes of:
– It’s okay to be different and do things your own way
– Developing the courage to do what, at first, seems impossible
– Having a growth mindset and support from others helps you do new things.
The book also gives opportunities to teach:
- perseverance and risk-taking
- growth mindset
- following your dreams
- asking questions
- problem and solution
- character traits
- making connections
Scroll down for Giraffes Can’t Dance activities, discussion questions and videos.
Giraffes Can’t Dance Summary
Gerald the giraffe is tall, awkward and clumsy. He wants to dance, but lacks confidence in his abilities. When he attempts to join in the annual Jungle Dance, the other animals laugh at him because everyone knows giraffes can’t dance. Gerald creeps off the dance floor feeling useless and dejected.
Unknown to Gerald, a cricket had been watching. It gives the giraffe support and advice – “Sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song.” The advice inspires Gerald to find the rhythm in him and is thrilled to find he can actually dance.
The other animals gather to watch the giraffe move. They are 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.
- Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
- Flight School by Lita Judge
- I Believe I Can by Grace Byers
- Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
- Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
- The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashely Spires
Giraffes Can’t Dance Activities & Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for Giraffes Can’t Dance. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Comprehension Questions and Writing Prompts
- Inferring and Predicting
- Main Idea and Theme
- Making Connections
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
*Click on these links to discover book recommendations on these topics.
Giraffes Can’t Dance Activities & Links
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Giraffes Can’t Dance 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?
Giraffes Can’t Dance Book Videos
Books by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
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