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


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

Madalyn, who just finished Kindergarten, saw the book open 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 (irony)
  • Could be used as an introduction to Animal Adaptations (science)
  • Lots of chances for making predictions based on text and then supporting or disproving those predictions (language arts)
  • Could even bring in an introduction or discussion of map skills (social studies)
  • Perspective is a topic that jumped out at me … ex. What could and could not be experienced by the giraffe that would not stretch out his long neck? (language arts)
  • All kinds of art projects could be inspired (art)
  • Discussion of fears we all have and ways we can work together to overcome them (character education)

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!

Think about all the opportunities this book gives for promoting wonder with children as well …

And all the possible connections with Wonderopolis!

You can also find lots of great information on each type of animal and location in the story from the Thinkfinity Content Partners!

(You can get the book from BetterWorldBooks … They donate a book each time you purchase a book!)

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