Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae


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By Melissa Jewart

In the book Giraffes Can't Dance, Gerald the giraffe loves to dance, but he is a bit awkward and clumsy. When the other animals hold a Jungle Dance, he tries to join in but gets laughed right off the stage. After meeting a cricket that teaches him to listen to his own music, Gerald learns to let his true talent shine through.

Possible strategy instruction:

  • C: Recognize literary elements.
  • C: Determine and analyze author's purpose and support with text.
  • A: Look for word parts.
  • F: Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text.
  • F: Read the text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling.
  • E: Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing.

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