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Fun Literacy Centers bundle - 9 fun filled literacy centers including character traits products combined into one bundle! This kit will save you 30% off! It includes a variety of activities, games, task cards, literacy contracts and NO PREP printables for the popular story, 'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae.
♥ Literacy centers
♥ Morning work
♥ Book Companion
Character Trait Sorting Activities
Want a fun and interactive activity to help teach your students about character traits? This Giraffes Can't Dance pack includes a variety of character trait sorting cut and paste activities and printables for students to consolidate their understanding of character traits. By undertaking these activities students are expanding their vocabulary and making inferences about characters in order to sort the character traits correctly.
This pack includes two sets of the following printables in color and black and white:
• Cut and paste sorting worksheet – sort Gerald’s character traits into beginning of the story and end of the story.
• Worksheet - students list their own character traits about Gerald at the beginning of the story and the end of the story. They also write a sentence about Gerald’s best quality.
• Cut and paste sorting worksheet – sort Gerald’s traits into appearance and qualities.
• Cut and paste sorting worksheet – sort the character traits into positive and negative. The positive traits were displayed by Gerald and the negative traits were by the other animals in the story.
• Cut and paste sorting worksheet – sort the cricket’s traits into appearance and qualities.
• Worksheet – students write their own positive traits to describe Gerald and negative traits to describe the other animals. They Then write what they infer about the other animals.
• Cut and paste sorting worksheets – sort the words into synonyms and antonyms for the words: proud and brave.
• Answer sheets for all cut and paste sorting activities provided.
Yes/No Game – Character Trait Sorting
Character Traits Yes/No Game - Is a fun and interactive game, that will assist your students to make inferences about characters, expand their vocabulary and consolidate their understanding of character traits.
This yes/no game can be played with 1-2 players or played as a whole class. To play the game you select a character card and a character trait card. You then sort the character trait card under the correct heading. For example if I selected the character 'Gerald the Giraffe - at the beginning of the story' and the character trait clumsy I would place the character trait card clumsy under the yes heading. (see preview for example). I then select 7 more character traits and place it under the correct heading: yes or no. Once player 1 has had their turn they return the cards to the bottom of the piles and then it is player 2's turn.
The game consists of:
• 2 heading - yes/no
• teacher instructions
• 5 character cards - Gerald the Giraffe - beginning of the story, Gerald the Giraffe- end of the story, other animals - beginning of the story, other animals - end of the story and the cricket.
• 48 character trait cards
By playing this game regularly in class students will have a deeper understanding about character traits. This game also assists the teacher with class discussions about character traits and reasons why students believe a character has a particular character trait. Answers may vary with students as they have different beliefs and personal opinions.
Differentiated Character Traits Activities
Included in this character traits, feelings and physical traits Giraffes Can't Dance activities pack is colored and black and white versions of cut and paste worksheets, anchor charts, character traits graphic organizers, roll a die game, interactive notebook activities, who am I worksheets and wanted posters. By undertaking these activities students will cement their understanding about character traits, feelings, physical traits and character changes.
The pack entails the following activities for the popular story, 'Gerald the Giraffe':
♥ Teacher instructions
♥ Cut and paste worksheets - students cut and paste the qualities, feelings and physical traits of Gerald the giraffe at the beginning and end of the story.
♥ Answer sheets or anchor charts for cut and paste activities only - you can use the answer sheets to display on your bulletin board so students can refer to them whilst writing.
♥ Write character traits- students write their own qualities and physical traits to describe Gerald. There are also worksheets for students to write the qualities of the other animals in the story.
♥ Interactive Notebook activities- Lift the Flap Activity 1: students describe or list the character traits for Gerald at the beginning of the story and the end of the story. Lift the Flap Activity 2 - students describe of list Gerald's feelings at the beginning of the story and the end.
♥ Who am I Activities - students write 3 character traits clues to describe Gerald at the beginning of the story and the end of the story.
♥ Wanted Posters- students create wanted posters for characters, and say what they are wanted for. They will describe the character's physical traits in the description boxes,
♥ Roll a Die Activity and character trait graphic organizers - students will roll a die and find evidence in the text to match the character trait rolled for Gerald the giraffe and the other animals. An example sheet is provided to model to the class.
Giraffes Can't Dance Task Cards
These task cards are designed for first grade to third grade to provide your students with practice with identifying character traits, feelings and physical traits of characters in the story. These multiple choice questions will allow your students to make inferences about characters.
• 2 sets of 20 task cards- colored and black lined sets
• Student response sheet
• Answer Sheet
Literacy Contracts are perfect to use in your class to promote independence with your students. These activities are a great book companion to use after reading the story, ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance,’ by Giles Andreae. The menu activities cater for the diverse needs of your students, and includes abundant activities to engage your class! They can also be used in your literacy centers, Daily 5, homework, early finishers of quiet independent work.
Included in this pack is 2 sets of 9 weekly literacy choice boards in color and black and white. The contracts are also available in US spelling and Australian. The literacy contracts are designed to use 4 days a week from Monday-Thursday.
Students select 2 boxes to work on a day during your literacy block. Once they have completed a box they color their box in with a colored pencil. They work independently on each task while the teacher pulls out groups for guided reading/writing.
Alternatively the literacy contracts could be used as a 'Tic-Tac-Toe' activity, where students select an activity, and mark a cross or circle in each box once completed. The goal is to have 3 crosses or circles in a row horizontally, diagonally or vertically.
Activities included in the contracts:
•Comprehension strategies – Connecting, predicting, prior knowledge, summarizing, visualizing and making inferences.
•Spelling activity – jumble up the letters to a different word each week to make a list of new words. For example in the word Gerald, I can make: lad, glad, rad, dear, rag, lag, ear, gear and lots more.
•Labeling – draw and label a picture from the story each week and label it.
•Favorites – write about favorite part in the story and character.
•Drawing activities – setting, problem, ending and characters in the story that display certain character traits.
•Grammar – listing nouns, verbs, adjectives and proper nouns from the story.
•Design – design a new book cover for the story.
•Describe – write a description about Gerald.
•Diary Entry – Imagine you are Gerald and write a diary entry for a day.
•Create – new title, comic strip, A-Z list, book mark and a poster.
•Vocabulary – synonyms, antonyms and similes.
•Creative thinking – writing activities about the story.
•Facts & Opinions - write facts and opinions about Gerald.
The literacy contracts are very user friendly and easy for students to understand with visual cues in each box. Teacher instructions are also included.
Adjectives - No Prep Printables
Fun and engaging 'Safari Adjective Activities!' These NO PREP differentiated literacy activities are a great book companion for the story, "Giraffes Can't Dance,' by Giles Andreae. The worksheets are designed for K-2 to assist students in identifying and writing adjectives for various safari animals from the story. Answer sheets are included for some of the activities - see description below.
Product Includes 2 sets of the following activities in color and black lined:
♥11 bubble maps – students write an adjective in each bubble to describe the safari animals from the story: giraffe, chimp, rhino, elephant, buffalo, warthog, lion, gazelle, meerkat, hippo and zebra .
♥11 writing templates – students write a description of each of the safari animals.
♥2 match it worksheets and answer sheets – students cut and paste the pictures to match the clues.
♥2 sorting worksheets and answer sheets – students cut and paste the adjectives and nouns under the correct heading.
♥ 2 find the adjectives worksheets and answer sheets – students color the adjective in each sentence.
♥2 fill in the blanks worksheet – students write their own adjectives on the blank lines to complete the sentences.
The black lined copies are great to print to save on ink. Alternatively you could print in color and laminate onto hard card stock paper for durability. The colored activities could be incorporated into your literacy centers to re-use when needed in small group work. For the writing activities students could use the colored pictures as a visual reference and write in whiteboard markers to describe the picture.
Syllable Clip Cards
This Giraffes Can't Dance Syllable Clip Cards - Fun way to engage your kiddos, clap the syllables to the ocean theme words and put a clothespin or peg on the number! This activity is perfect to use as a book companion to the story, 'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae.
•24 colored clip cards
•24 black lined clip cards
Dab it Fun!
Want a fun and interactive way for your class to identify vocabulary from the story, 'Giraffes Can't Dance?' These printables are designed for first grade to third grade to provide your students with practice with identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, proper nouns and character traits. Your students will have fun using a bingo dabber to dab their answers! Great way to keep them engaged and learning at the same time!
♥ Literacy centers
♥ Word Work
♥ Daily Five
♥ Early Finishers
Included in this pack:
♥2 sets of the following activities are included in color and black lined.
♥2 Dab it worksheets – Dab the nouns in the story.
♥2 Dab it worksheets – Dab the verbs in the story.
♥2 Dab it worksheets – Dab the adjectives in the story.
♥1 Dab it worksheet – Dab the proper nouns in the story.
♥1 Dab it worksheet – Dab the adverbs in the story.
♥2 Dab it worksheets – Dab Gerald’s character traits at the beginning and end of the story.
♥10 answer sheets.
This Giraffes Can't Similes Literacy Center - will engage your students and provide them with a fun way of learning similes, enhance their vocabulary skills and assist them with writing descriptively.
•Anchor chart - what is a simile - color and black lined included
•15 colorful simile sentence cards - color and black lined copies included
•6 colorful picture cards including: Gerald the Giraffe, lion, rhino, elephant, moon and cricket. Laminate cards to use as a visual cue for writing similes.
•Teacher instructions sheet
•Student response sheet
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