July 5, 2018
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by Lily Jones

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Can Giraffes Dance?

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Students will be able to describe a dance using adjectives and pictures.

(10 minutes)
  • Ask, "Do you think giraffes can dance? Why or why not?"
  • Call on a couple students to come to the front of the class to share what a giraffe's dance might look like.
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae to the class.
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner to tell what happened in the story.
  • Call on students to retell what happened in the story.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will be working with a partner to create a dance for a giraffe.
  • Explain that they will describe their dances using adjectives, or describing words.
  • Model how to create a short dance. Ask students to give a description of what your dance looked like, using words like silly, fast, slow, etc. Write students' adjectives on the board.
  • After performing your dance, draw a picture of your dance.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students work in pairs to create a dance for giraffes. As they work, prompt students to use adjectives to describe their dances.
  • After creating a dance, have pairs perform their dance for you and share the describing words they used. Then hand out paper and have students draw a picture of their dances.

Support: Have students work on their drawings together.

Enrichment: Have students try to draw instructions for completing their dances.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are using adjectives.
  • Pay attention to how students retell the story.
  • Notice how students use pictures to represent their dances.
(5 minutes)
  • Call on pairs to share their giraffe dances with the class. Make sure to ask students to share the adjectives they used to describe their dances, as well.

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