Subjects: English Language Arts, Special Education, Classroom Community
Grades: PreK – 2nd, Home-school
Resources: Activities, Fun Stuff, Literature Circles
PDF; 6 pages
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees is a fun fictional story with a wonderful lesson embedded within it. Gerald, the giraffe, with the help of a little friend, learns to embrace his own talents and strengths and listen to his own music within. The sequence ends with resting period and gives students a chance to think about their own strengths and what makes them special. Giraffes Can’t Dance Yoga Brain Break is ready to print or display and use. This yoga sequence includes over 3 pages of yoga poses! The Boardmaker visuals are easy to follow for children across multiple ages, grades, and abilities. This story makes for a fun yoga sequence that can be used in the classroom during the ELA block, following story time, as a brain break, as part of a home-school routine, or at home to get the wiggles out.
Yoga brain breaks may help increase comprehension and recall of story sequencing, especially for kinesthetic learners. Brain breaks may improve classroom community and behavior as they help to increase students’ focus while calming the body and mind.