Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Montessori USA)

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Montessori USA), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Diversity and Self-Expression through “Giraffes Can’t Dance”

Grade Level: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts / Social and Emotional Development

– Students will develop an understanding of diversity and self-expression through the central themes of the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
– Students will enhance their language skills by engaging in discussions, storytelling, and creative activities related to the book.
– Students will practice fine motor skills through art and craft activities.

Curriculum Links:
– USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
– Social and Emotional Development: Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Expression
– Language and Literacy: Listening and Understanding, Speaking and Communicating
– Physical Development: Fine Motor Skills

Theorist: Maria Montessori
– Incorporate Montessori principles of hands-on learning, self-directed activities, and mixed-age groupings.
– Provide opportunities for children to explore and express their individuality and creativity.

– “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, construction paper)
– Music player and various music genres
– Props related to animals and dance (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
– Show the cover and ask students to predict what the story might be about.
– Discuss the importance of accepting and celebrating differences in ourselves and others.

2. Read-Aloud and Discussion (15 minutes)
– Read the book aloud, pausing to ask questions and engage students in discussions.
– Encourage students to share their thoughts and feelings about the story and the characters.
– Relate the story to their own experiences and discuss how everyone has unique talents.

3. Dance Exploration (15 minutes)
– Play different genres of music and encourage students to move and dance freely.
– Discuss how dancing can be a form of self-expression and a way to celebrate individuality.
– Use props related to animals and dance to enhance the experience (optional).

4. Art and Craft Activity (20 minutes)
– Provide each student with art supplies and ask them to draw their favorite animal from the book.
– Encourage students to use their imagination and creativity while coloring and decorating their drawings.
– Assist students in cutting out their drawings and gluing them onto construction paper to create a collage.

5. Story Retelling and Sequencing (15 minutes)
– Divide students into small groups and provide each group with a set of picture cards representing key events from the story.
– In their groups, students should work together to arrange the picture cards in the correct sequence.
– Each group will take turns retelling the story using their picture cards.

6. Conclusion and Reflection (10 minutes)
– Gather students back in a circle and ask them to share what they have learned from the book and the activities.
– Discuss how everyone has unique talents and how it is important to support and encourage each other.
– Emphasize the value of diversity and self-expression in creating a harmonious community.

– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, dance exploration, and art activities.
– Assess students’ ability to sequence and retell the story accurately using the picture cards.
– Evaluate students’ fine motor skills through their art and craft creations.

Extension Activities:
– Invite parents or other classes to a “Giraffes Can’t Dance” performance where students can showcase their dance moves and artwork.
– Create a class book inspired by the story, where each student contributes a page illustrating their unique talent or interest.
– Explore other books by Giles Andreae or other authors that promote diversity and self-expression.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific needs and abilities of your students






Maria Montessori



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