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

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Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Giraffes Can’t Dance” – A Rudolf Steiner Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/Preschool Students in Canada

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

Curriculum Connections:
– Language Arts: Oral Communication, Reading, and Writing
– Social Studies: Diversity and Inclusion
– Arts: Visual Arts and Drama

Theorist Connection: Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy emphasizes a holistic approach to education, nurturing the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children. This lesson plan incorporates Steiner’s principles by integrating storytelling, imaginative play, and artistic expression to engage students in a meaningful learning experience.

Lesson Objectives:
1. To develop listening and comprehension skills through the reading of “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
2. To explore the central themes of self-acceptance, diversity, and inclusion.
3. To encourage creativity and self-expression through art and drama activities.
4. To foster empathy and respect for others’ unique abilities and talents.

– “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Music player and upbeat music


Session 1: Introduction and Storytelling
1. Begin by introducing the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and its author, Giles Andreae. Discuss the importance of accepting and celebrating differences among individuals.
2. Read the story aloud, emphasizing the rhythm and rhyme of the text. Encourage students to actively listen and engage with the story.
3. After reading, facilitate a class discussion using open-ended questions:
– What did Gerald (the giraffe) think he couldn’t do?
– How did the other animals react to Gerald’s dancing?
– How did Gerald feel at the end of the story?
– What can we learn from Gerald’s experience?

Session 2: Exploring Themes through Art
1. Review the central themes of self-acceptance, diversity, and inclusion from the previous session.
2. Provide each student with a piece of construction paper and art supplies.
3. Instruct students to draw a picture of themselves doing something they love or are proud of, just like Gerald found joy in dancing.
4. Encourage students to use vibrant colors and express their creativity.
5. Once completed, have students share their artwork with the class, explaining what they drew and why it makes them happy.

Session 3: Drama and Movement
1. Begin by revisiting the story of “Giraffes Can’t Dance” briefly.
2. Explain to students that they will be creating a short dance or movement routine inspired by the story.
3. Play upbeat music and guide students through a warm-up activity, such as stretching or simple dance moves.
4. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group an animal from the story (e.g., giraffe, lion, cricket, etc.).
5. In their groups, students should discuss and plan a short dance or movement routine that represents their assigned animal’s unique abilities and talents.
6. Allow time for groups to practice and refine their routines.
7. Each group performs their routine for the class, showcasing the diversity and inclusion of different animal movements.

1. Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, art activities, and movement sessions.
2. Assess students’ comprehension of the central themes through their artwork and explanations.
3. Evaluate students’ ability to work collaboratively in small groups during the dance and movement activity.
4. Provide feedback and encouragement to students, emphasizing their unique abilities and talents.

Extension Activities:
1. Encourage students to write or dictate their own short stories about an animal or character who discovers their hidden talent.
2. Organize a class dance party where students can showcase their dance routines and celebrate their individuality.
3. Invite a guest speaker, such as a dancer or musician, to share their experiences and talents with the class, reinforcing the importance of self-expression and acceptance.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted to suit the specific needs and abilities of the students in your classroom




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