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Grade 1 Books Overview

I Like Me - Nancy Carlson

The Little Engine That Could - Watty Piper

Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae

Wolf! - Becky Bloom

Grade 1 Discontinued Books

Doggie In The Window - Elaine Arsenault (Discontinued)

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Activity #2: “Talking Bubbles”

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  • Giraffes Can’t Dance – Activity #2: “Talking Bubbles”

Activity #2: “Talking Bubbles”

This activity reviews the concept of perseverance and encourages students to think about things they can be good at.



  • 9” x 12” Giraffe template (provided)
  • Tempura paints and brushes
  • Talking Bubble template (provided) (brown, orange, yellow, black, etc)
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Teacher Preparation:

  • Print enough Talking Bubble templates for each student
  • Print enough Giraffe templates for each student


Step by Step:

Step One: Review the meaning of the word perseverance. Have the students brainstorm ways that they have persevered in the classroom, at home or out on the playground. Have them identify what their goals were and what the challenges were while persevering. Teacher records student answers on chart paper.

Step Two: On their Talking Bubble, students write a sentence that explains what they can do when they persevere. (E.g. – “When I keep trying, I can ride my bike.”)

Step Three: Students cut out the Talking Bubble and glue on black construction paper. Then, cut around the bubble leaving a 1″ outline.

Step Four: On the giraffe template, have students paint their giraffe with the colours provided.

Step Five: Allow to dry. Outline the giraffe in thick black felt pen.

Step Six: Students cut out the giraffe and glue onto black construction paper leaving a 1” outline


End Product:

A class-set of giraffe heads “saying” encouraging phrases that the students thought of. Students can name each of their giraffes as well.


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