Giraffes Can’t Dance Resource Set

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Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Your readers will be cheering for Gerald as he follows his passion and tries to make his long legs and crooked knees move on the dance floor! Rich language and colorful illustrations are the perfect backdrop for practicing asking questions, making predictions, and more. Looking at how the characters change throughout the story is ideal for synthesizing.

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This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Contractions
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Determining Importance: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.4 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Giraffes Can’t Dance Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Giraffes Can't Dance

    Students can easily connect with the subject matter that author Giles Andreae tackles in Giraffes Can't Dance (teasing). This connection leads to the students asking deeper, more meaningful questions.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Determining Importance with Giraffes Can't Dance

    Readers will have fun using the determining importance strategy to sort through the important and not-so-important details in the text. Practicing this strategy will help readers gain confidence in their ability to focus on the key details while reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Predictions with Giraffes Can't Dance

    Will Gerald learn to dance? Will the animals stop teasing Gerald?Encourage your students to make sensible predictions while reading by using their prior knowledge and the clues from the pictures and text.

    Synthesizing with Giraffes Can't Dance

    Use this synthesizing lesson plan to help readers notice how the characters' actions and feelings change throughout the story. Students will also be challenged to self-reflect and "think about their thinking" (metacognition).
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Understanding Text Structure with Giraffes Can't Dance

    Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae offers practice with a variety of text structures. Readers will gain experience using description, sequencing, cause and effect, problem and solution, and comparing and contrasting to become a stronger reader.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.4 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Giraffes Can't Dance Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Giraffes Can't Dance Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Giraffes Can't Dance. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Giraffes Can't Dance Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Giraffes Can't Dance.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Giraffes Can't Dance Word Work - Contractions

    Giraffes Can't Dance is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about contractions. Either download the Giraffes Can't Dance Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Giraffes Can't Dance Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Giraffes Can't Dance, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Giraffes Can't Dance Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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