Sunday, December 10, 2017

Project Linus


On Monday, we began making our Project Linus blankets to donate to the residents at Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, which is an organization that supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness by providing food, shelter, and programs to help residents achieve independent, sustainable housing.



After talking about the importance of giving back, we poured some love into these blankets by passing them around during our morning meeting. While we did, we thought about the special "lovies" and "stuffies" we have at home that bring us love, warmth, and comfort, and we were excited to get to work creating some blankets that would do the same for other kids.


To become "blanketeers" we had a little lesson in measuring and then we got to work! To make our blankets, we lined up the two pieces of fleece and cut out 4" squares from each corner. Then, we cut strips that were 4" long and 1" wide around the whole perimeter, tying each pair of strips in double knots to hold the two pieces together. You can find the pattern here! 




All of the giraffes have really enjoyed making the blankets and working together. Many of us have found we like one job more than the other (cutting vs. tying) so we tend to pair up with friends who like the opposite job! 







We can't wait to make more blankets next week! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SMS Holiday Mission

Hello, Giraffe Families!

In addition to our second grade service projects, our classes will be teaming up with the Owl Class to provide gifts for a local family in need. If you are able to sign up for and purchase one of the gifts listed here, it would be greatly appreciated.

If all the gifts and supplies listed are accounted for and you would still like to donate, small stocking stuffers (pens, pencils, small toys, movie gift cards, gas cards, etc) and any additional clothing items would also be welcome.

Please bring all gifts and supplies to school UNWRAPPED by Friday, December 15th. These gifts will be delivered to families the Monday before Christmas so they have time to wrap them and give them their own personal touch :)

Thank you for your generosity and for helping to make the season bright for all!

Warmly,

Ms. Riley


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Knuffle Giraffe


While it has taken a bit of time to get our book together with our crazy schedule over the last few weeks, our Knuffle Giraffe story is FINALLY complete! We are going to be added animated versions of our pictures to SeeSaw over the next few days, but we also wanted to share the illustrations here as well! The book itself will become part of our classroom library for the giraffes to read throughout the year and then pass on to future giraffes! 






















It was so much fun to take a tour of our community through the lens of the giraffes. We are very lucky to live in this incredible town!


Congratulations, Authors and Illustrators! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Gingerbread House Sign-Up

'Twas the Thursday before Christmas 
and all through the room
Gingerbread Houses
Were beginning to bloom! 

To celebrate the Holiday Season, the giraffes will be having a Gingerbread House Decorating Party the Thursday before Holiday Break (12/21) at 2 pm! All Friends and family are welcome to attend. Click here to see our sign up if you wish to donate building supplies.


*Please note we do have peanut and tree nut allergies in our classroom, so please check the labels of your donated supplies to ensure they do not contain these ingredients and/or were not made in a facility that uses these ingredients. 


A Time For Giving

Hello Second Grade Families!                       


      The Second Grade Team will be participating in a number of community service projects this holiday season to support our Community Unit. To get into the spirit of giving, we need your help with one of our projects! Our second grade classes will be holding a food drive, so we are asking students to bring in non-perishable canned goods to their classrooms that we will donate to local food pantries.
     Before donating the food, second graders will sort, count, and solve math problems that involve the amount of cans we receive. Our data will be used to solve multi-digit addition and subtraction problems. We have been working so hard to learn strategies for solving these types of math problems and it will be a wonderful opportunity for them to put those skills into practice. Having real-world purpose applied to our math and social studies units will make for an exciting and rewarding wrap-up to these units of study!
Cans will be accepted until Tuesday, December 19th. Thank you so much for helping us with this great cause and real world learning experience!
                         


                                          Sincerely,

                                 The Second Grade Team

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gobble Gobble!

We kicked off our classroom Thanksgiving celebrations with our Disguised Turkey project! Here are the disguised we created with our families this year:












Turkeys?! No turkeys here.... :)


In math, we continued our work with Place Value and 3-digit numbers with our Number Turkeys!





After our trip to Strawbery Banke, we've also continued to learn about the Pilgrims and Wampanoags and reflect on our own Thanksgiving Traditions. We read lots of books and articles about them and then we created some Thanksgiving Menus to share the facts we've learned with our families and celebrate the traditions we have with our families in present day! 





On Tuesday Afternoon, we got together with our 4B Reading Buddies to make Tin Foil Boats! We learned The Mayflower carried 102 passengers, so aside from just floating, our boats also had to carry 102 pennies in the water! We were only allowed to use one piece of foil, and we had 10 minutes to create our vessels






After the 10 minutes was up, we each tested our ships on the open seas! 










Although some designs were not successful, we still had a lot of fun together!


Giraffes, I am so thankful to be your teacher. I am grateful to have a job that allows me to come to school each and every day to learn, laugh, and grow with you. Every one of your hugs, pictures, kind notes, and sweet comments mean so much to me. I am so proud of the growth you've made so far in second grade, and I cannot wait to see where the rest of the year takes us. Enjoy spending time with your friends and family, and don't let any actual giraffes crash your dinner! 


Happy Thanksgiving!