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Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
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Nov 05, 2009

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Read in November, 2009

K - 1st Grade: Independent reading

Willems used simple illustrations with a lot of negative space, to aid him in telling the story of elephant and piggie, targeted for children learning to read. The pictures tell what is missing from the story, such as the movements the two characters are making, because the only text is the conversation between the friends. He used a lot of repetition in the dialogue between the elephant and the piggie, which is excellent for those beginning readers. Kids will be able to relate to the characters in this story, because they too have identified things that they are really good at and things in which many of their friends can do better, just like piggie is a much better dancer than elephant. Although this is a decent book for children learning to read, I would probably not use it to teach to a whole class, as I feel there are more enriching books available, but it is book that I may choose to have accessible for silent reading time.

Science / Language Arts

Lesson Plan Idea: Words can be pulled from the book to use as spelling/vocabulary/sight words.
The class can discuss the real animals in this story and compare and contrast them, discussing their actual size, realistic movements, etc.

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