Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Steiner New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Giraffes Can’t Dance (Steiner New Zealand), Steiner philosophy

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

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Curriculum: New Zealand Te Whฤriki
Theorist: Rudolf Steiner

– To introduce children to the central themes of the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.
– To promote an understanding and appreciation of diversity and self-expression.
– To develop children’s language, literacy, and creative skills.
– To foster a sense of empathy and respect for others.

– “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Music player and speakers
– Various musical instruments (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Begin by gathering the children in a circle and introduce the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
– Ask the children if they have ever heard of giraffes or seen one at the zoo.
– Explain that the book is about a giraffe who learns to embrace his uniqueness and express himself through dance.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” using expressive voices and gestures to engage the children.
– Pause at key moments to ask questions and encourage discussion:
– How do you think Gerald (the giraffe) felt when the other animals laughed at him?
– Why do you think Gerald wanted to dance?
– How did Gerald feel at the end of the story?
– Relate the story to the children’s own experiences of feeling different or wanting to try new things.

3. Exploring Diversity (15 minutes):
– Display a chart paper and ask the children to brainstorm different animals they know.
– Write down their responses and discuss the unique characteristics of each animal.
– Emphasize that just like animals, people are also unique and have different talents and abilities.
– Discuss the importance of accepting and celebrating diversity.

4. Creative Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide each child with construction paper, art supplies, and scissors.
– Ask them to draw and cut out a picture of an animal they like or feel connected to.
– Encourage them to decorate their animal using colors and patterns that represent their uniqueness.
– Assist the children in writing their names or a short description of their animal on the artwork.

5. Dance and Movement (15 minutes):
– Play various types of music, including different genres and rhythms.
– Encourage the children to move and dance freely, expressing themselves through their bodies.
– Provide musical instruments for those who want to create their own rhythms.
– Discuss how dancing and moving to music can be a form of self-expression.

6. Reflection and Closure (10 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and ask them to share their animal artwork and dance experiences.
– Discuss how each child’s artwork and dance moves represented their uniqueness.
– Emphasize the importance of accepting and respecting others’ differences.
– Conclude the lesson by reading the book again or singing a song related to diversity and self-expression.

Integration with Te Whฤriki:
– Well-being: Promoting a sense of belonging, self-worth, and respect for others.
– Communication: Developing language and literacy skills through reading, discussion, and reflection.
– Exploration: Encouraging creativity, imagination, and self-expression through art and movement.
– Contribution: Fostering empathy, understanding, and appreciation for diversity in the community.

Integration with Rudolf Steiner’s Theories:
– Emphasis on holistic development: Addressing the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive aspects of the child.
– Encouraging self-expression: Providing opportunities for children to express themselves through art, dance, and movement.
– Appreciation for nature and diversity: Connecting children with the natural world and promoting respect for all living beings.

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


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