Giraffes Can’t Dance Read Aloud Book Guide


This Giraffes Can’t Dance Read Aloud Book Guide challenges students to analyze and learn life lessons from this 1999 children’s book by Giles Andreae. Explore Gerald’s inability to dance, how he is treated by the other animals and what allows him to break his breakthrough. Ask students to use context to construct meaning for the word ‘prance’ and find the rhyming pattern in each stanza.

This product includes:

  • 12 high-level, short answer, page-by-page questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.
    • A bonus page is included that allows students to define each of style if teacher’s decide to expand on this part of the book (see sample questions)
  • A student book guide, PDF printer friendly version (7 pages)
  • A student book guide, PDF digital fillable form version (7 pages)
  • An answer key (7 pages) IS included with this movie guide, however answers may vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning from the characters’ dialogue and behavior.
  • A Google Forms Version of the Movie Guide
  • CCSS alignment indicating standards met, PDF (1 page – see also preview image)


Here are my tips for using this Giraffes Can’t Dance Read Aloud Book Guide in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided Giraffes Can’t Dance Read Aloud Book Guide for each student
  2. Preview the questions ahead of time to see if any tweaks need to made to suit your students
  3. Encourage discussions and further questions, but discourage students from simply copying answers.
  4. Randomly choose a student to share their answer and defend it if necessary.

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I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

K12 Movie Guides are on these other platforms as well:

Digital Version Tips

  • It is intended for a paperless, 1:1 tablet/iPad classroom
  • Ask students to download a PDF editor app if they don’t already have one. It needs to have a save function as well. I used Foxit PDF.
  • Host the file. I used google drive to share a folder with students.
  • When complete, ask students to save the file in a designated google drive folder using a naming convention. (I use LastnameFirstnameMovieGuide.pdf)

Giles Andreae is a British writer and illustrator. Besides authoring this fantastic book is he also well known as the creator of the stickman poet Purple Ronnie, the humorous artist / philosopher Edward Monkton.