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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 #4: “Perseverance Puzzle”

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  • Giraffes Can’t Dance – Activity #4: “Perseverance Puzzle”

Activity #4: “Perseverance Puzzle”

This activity reinforces the concept of ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ (TEAM), in which student independently create something that becomes an important piece of a greater whole.


  • Photo (head shot) of each student
  • Felt pens
  • Large puzzle piece template (provided)
  • Scissors
  • Drawing paper
  • Glue

Teacher Preparation:

  • Print enough puzzle pieces for each student
  • Take and develop a headshot of each student



Step One: Have the students cut out their puzzle piece from the template and their headshot from the photo provided

Step Two: Glue the photo to the center of the puzzle piece.

Step Three: On the drawing paper, students draw one or two things that represent something they could be successful at if their persevered. Alternatively, students can draw directly onto their puzzle piece.

Step Four: Students colour, cut out and glue these items on their puzzle pieces.

Step Five: Students then write a sentence that corresponds to their drawings. For example, if they drew a picture of a hockey stick and hockey skates, they could write “Persevere and I will be a great hockey player.”

Step Six: Place all the puzzle pieces together so they fit perfectly on a bulletin board with a heading that reads: “22 students (or the number of students in your class) Persevering in One Class!”


End Product:

A large class-puzzle in which each student created a unique piece.



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