Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Reggio Canada)

Use the lesson plan below for inspiration in your Kindergarten / Preschool / SK / Pre-Elementary / ECEC learning program. Want all your lesson plans in one place? Get our lesson plan ideas book (Canada).

Kindergarten / Preschool / SK / Pre-Elementary / ECEC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Reggio Canada), Reggio philosophy

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

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Preschool / SK / Pre-Elementary / ECEC
Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies, Art
Duration: 3-4 lessons (45 minutes each)

Curriculum Connections:
– Language Arts: Oral communication, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, storytelling
– Social Studies: Diversity, cultural awareness, self-expression
– Art: Visual arts, creativity, self-expression

Theorist: Reggio Emilia

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will develop an understanding of diversity and acceptance by exploring the central themes of the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
2. Students will enhance their language skills through vocabulary development, storytelling, and oral communication.
3. Students will engage in creative expression by creating their own artwork inspired by the book.

– “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, construction paper, glue, scissors)
– Large paper or poster board
– Photographs or illustrations of various animals

Lesson Plan:

Introduction (10 minutes):
1. Begin by gathering students in a circle and introduce the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
2. Show the cover of the book and ask students to make predictions about the story. Encourage them to share their thoughts and ideas.

Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
1. Read aloud “Giraffes Can’t Dance” to the students, using expressive voice and gestures to engage their attention.
2. Pause at key moments in the story to ask questions and encourage discussion. For example:
– How do you think Gerald the giraffe feels when the other animals laugh at him?
– Why do you think the cricket encourages Gerald to dance?
– How does Gerald’s dancing make him feel at the end of the story?
3. Use chart paper to record students’ responses and thoughts about the book.

Exploring Diversity (10 minutes):
1. Show students photographs or illustrations of various animals, including giraffes, lions, monkeys, and birds.
2. Discuss the different characteristics and abilities of each animal. Ask questions like:
– What can giraffes do that other animals can’t?
– What makes each animal unique?
– How do these differences contribute to the diversity of the animal kingdom?

Art Activity (15 minutes):
1. Explain to students that they will create their own artwork inspired by the book and the animals discussed.
2. Provide art supplies and encourage students to choose an animal they find interesting or unique.
3. Instruct students to draw and color their chosen animal on a piece of construction paper.
4. Once completed, have students cut out their animal and glue it onto a large paper or poster board.
5. Display the artwork in the classroom, creating a collaborative representation of diversity.

Storytelling and Reflection (10 minutes):
1. Gather students back in a circle and invite them to share their artwork with the class.
2. Encourage each student to briefly explain why they chose their animal and what they learned from the book.
3. Facilitate a discussion about the importance of accepting and celebrating differences in ourselves and others.

Extension Activity (optional):
1. Invite students to create a short dance routine or movement sequence inspired by the book.
2. Provide music and encourage students to express themselves through dance, just like Gerald the giraffe.

– Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions and activities.
– Assess students’ understanding of diversity and acceptance through their artwork and reflections.
– Evaluate students’ language skills by listening to their storytelling and oral communication during the lesson.

Note: This lesson plan is designed in the style of the Reggio Emilia approach by incorporating student-centered activities, open-ended discussions, and opportunities for creative expression. The focus on diversity and self-expression aligns with the Reggio Emilia principle of valuing each child’s unique abilities and interests




Complete Canadian Curriculum (Canada)


Reggio Emilia



Category: Tag: