Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Reggio United Kingdom)

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Preschool / Nursery School / EYFS Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Reggio United Kingdom), Reggio philosophy

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

Grade Level: Preschool / Nursery School (3-4 years old)
Curriculum: UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Theorist: Reggio Emilia

Objective:
– To introduce children to the central themes of the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.
– To promote understanding and acceptance of diversity and individuality.
– To encourage self-expression and creativity through various art forms.
– To develop language and communication skills through storytelling and group discussions.

Materials:
– “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
– Large poster board or chart paper
– Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Various art materials (e.g., paint, brushes, sponges, feathers, etc.)
– Music player and a selection of different music genres
– Optional: Giraffe masks or headbands

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
– Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of or read the book before.
– Explain that the story is about a giraffe named Gerald who learns to embrace his uniqueness and express himself through dance.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, using expressive voices and gestures to engage the children.
– Pause at key moments to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– How do you think Gerald felt when the other animals laughed at him?
– Why do you think Gerald didn’t want to dance at first?
– How did Gerald feel when he discovered his own dance style?
– Encourage the children to share their thoughts and feelings about the story.

3. Art Exploration (20 minutes):
– Display a large poster board or chart paper and write the words “Dancing is for Everyone!” at the top.
– Discuss the different animals in the book and their unique characteristics.
– Invite the children to draw or paint their favorite animal from the story on construction paper.
– Encourage them to use various art materials to add texture and color to their creations.
– Assist the children in cutting out their animals and gluing them onto the poster board.
– Display the collaborative artwork in the classroom as a reminder of the book’s message.

4. Dance and Movement (15 minutes):
– Play a variety of music genres, including classical, jazz, pop, and world music.
– Encourage the children to move freely and express themselves through dance.
– Provide scarves, ribbons, or other props for the children to incorporate into their movements.
– Observe and participate in their dance, offering positive feedback and encouragement.

5. Reflection and Conclusion (10 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and ask them to share their dance experiences.
– Discuss how each child’s dance was unique and special, just like Gerald’s in the book.
– Emphasize the importance of accepting and celebrating differences in ourselves and others.
– Optional: Provide giraffe masks or headbands for the children to wear during the reflection.

Assessment:
– Observe the children’s engagement and participation during the storytelling, art exploration, and dance activities.
– Listen to their responses during the discussions to assess their understanding of the book’s central themes.
– Evaluate their artwork for creativity, use of materials, and representation of the animals from the story.
– Note the children’s ability to express themselves through movement and their willingness to embrace diversity.

Extension Activities:
– Create a class dance routine inspired by the book, incorporating different animal movements.
– Invite parents or other classes to a “Giraffes Can’t Dance” performance, showcasing the children’s artwork and dance skills.
– Explore other books by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees that promote diversity and self-expression.
– Collaborate with the music teacher to incorporate dance and movement into regular classroom activities.

Curriculum Links:
– Personal, Social, and Emotional Development: Promoting self-confidence, self-expression, and understanding of others.
– Communication and Language: Developing listening, speaking, and storytelling skills.
– Expressive Arts and Design: Encouraging creativity, exploration of different art forms, and movement expression.
– Understanding the World: Exploring diversity, acceptance, and cultural differences.

Theoretical Links (Reggio Emilia):
– The lesson plan incorporates the Reggio Emilia approach by valuing children’s self-expression, creativity, and exploration of different art forms.
– The collaborative artwork and group discussions promote social interaction and the exchange of ideas.
– The focus on diversity and acceptance aligns with the Reggio Emilia principle of respecting and valuing each child’s unique qualities and experiences

Country

United Kingdom

Framework

EYFS (UK)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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