Giraffes Can't Dance is a book about Gerald the Giraffe. Other animals make fun of him when he tries to dance because he is clumsy and seems to be an ineloquent dancer. By the end of the book, Gerald believes in himself and ends up realizing that he is a beautiful dancer! All of the other animals realize this too, and they begin admiring him and praising his dancing skills. This book is an encouraging book that tells the readers he or she can do anything as long as they believe in themselves! I would do a read aloud with this book to grades 1st-5th grade. An activity students could do with this book is to pick an animal from the story to do an animal study. Other activities could be to look at the rhyming words or figurative language in this story! There are also many writing opportunities with this story. One writing prompt could be to write about a time the student did not think he or she could do something and how they overcame it.
Lexile Level: AD450L