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Giraffe Problems Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Giraffe Problems will love this post. It includes information about the book and resource recommendations.

With themes of recognizing strengths and weaknesses and positive self-talk, this Giraffe Problems picture book by Jory John is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms.

Engage Your Students with Giraffe Problems Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Giraffe Problems.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Giraffe Problems reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

GIRAFFE PROBLEMS SUMMARY

Giraffe Problems by Jory John is about a giraffe named Gerald who does not like his neck. He thinks it is too long, bendy, narrow, dopey, patterned, stretchy, high, lofty, and too necky. Gerald thinks everyone stares at it. He tries to cover it up with scarves and bowties, but nothing seems to make him feel better. 

 

The one day Gerald comes across Cyrus, a turtle who thinks his own neck is too short. He admires Gerald’s neck and all the great things Gerald can do with his neck. He asks for Gerald’s help reaching a banana from a tree. 

 

Gerald and Cyrus learn a lesson about strengths and weaknesses and appreciating what you have. 

GIRAFFE PROBLEMS LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Giraffe Problems, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Giraffe Problems reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • point of view
  • author’s purpose
  • analyzing character

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • strengths and weaknesses
  • positive self-talk

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • adjectives 
  • suffixes 
  • synonyms

GIRAFFE PROBLEMS ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Giraffe Problems book companion
elementary teacher reading aloud a picture book to her students

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Giraffe Problems?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD530L
  • Guided Reading Level: J
  • DRA Level: 18-28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.2-2.9

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Jory John. It was illustrated by Lane Smith.

What genre is Giraffe Problems?

It is a fantasy book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 42 pages long.

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