Giraffes Can’t Dance Activities for Reading Comprehension

Giraffes Can’t Dance is a great story to celebrate being different and finding your own beat to whatever music moves you. This adorable story focuses on growth mindset, encouraging others, accepting everyone the way they are, and believing in yourself. This Giraffes Can’t Dance activities pack is filled with comprehension strategies that you can use and differentiate for all your learners. There are also writing and word work activities as well as a few fun math games. Students will have fun creating the dancing giraffe craft too.


Giraffes Can’t Dance activities included:

Reading Strategies:

  • Predicting 3 options
  • Character Feelings
  • Check for Understanding 2 options
  • Fiction or Non-Fiction
  • My Opinion
  • Problem & Solution 3 options
  • Character Analysis
  • Message
  • Main Idea & Details
  • Making Connections
  • Point of View
  • Retelling B, M, & E 2 options
  • Sequencing Cut &. Paste
  • Features of Fiction
  • Questions


  • List/Web I Can
  • Retell Prewriting & Writing
  • Opinion Prewriting & Writing


  • Giraffes Can Dance Roll & Move
  • Spin & Add 10 Bingo
  • Jungle Dance Subtraction
  • Count by 1’s

Colorful Posters

  • 6 questions on a ring
  • Main idea
  • Details/sequencing cards
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Sees, does, thinks, feels with 4+ matching cards for each one
  • Problem and solution
  • Message posters 4 options


  • giraffe craft
  • “We all Can Dance” “Find Music that you Love” Letters for Bulletin Board


  • ABC Order
  • Syllables
  • Word Search
  • Rhyming
  • Making Words

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