What are you afraid of?

Posted by Big Universe on Jun 23, 2012 1:34:25 AM

Have you read The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights by David A. Ufer?

While I was reading it the very first time, I thought of many ways this story could be used in the classroom.

My daughter, who just finished Kindergarten, saw the book open on the computer screen and asked that I read it to her. As we read and explored the story together, even more ideas on the possibilities for using the story with children came to mind.

I am a big fan of reading a story more than one time since I believe you get new ideas and see things in a slightly different way each time you read the story!

Here are a few of the ideas I have for ways this book can be used with children:

  • Encourage children to notice the fears in the story that seem strange (ironic)
  • Could be used as an introduction to Animal Adaptations
  • Lots of chances for making predictions based on text and then supporting or disproving those predictions
  • Could even bring in an introduction or discussion of map skills
  • Perspective is a topic that jumped out at me (What could and could not be experienced by the giraffe that would not stretch out his long neck?)
  • All kinds of art projects could be inspired
  • Discussion of fears we all have and ways we can work together to overcome them

At the end of the book, you can find lots of great information on the animals in the story as well as crafts and other ideas that go along with the book!

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Integration Ideas, Literacy

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