Friday, September 2, 2016

Giraffes Giraffes Giraffes!

We've spent a lot of time over the first few days of school learning about our classroom mascot. We learned that a group of giraffes is called a "tower" and they live in the grasslands and woodlands of Africa. We looked at pictures of giraffes and the beautiful sunsets they have in the grasslands, and we recreated these giraffe silhouettes using black crayons and watercolors!

As we learn more facts about giraffes, we will write them on index cards and put them around our "tower"

We also did a directed drawing picture of a giraffe:

After we painted and cut out our giraffes, we created a special background using Adinkra Symbols, which are used in all sorts of African fabrics and pottery. 

We watched clips from this video and chose some of our favorite symbols to add to our background. Our giraffes looked amazing and are now hanging proudly in the hallway:

Finally, at the end of our first week together, we worked as a group to create a unifix cube train as long as a male, female, and baby giraffe!

We learned male giraffes can grow up to 18 feet tall and females grow up to 16 ft. When giraffes are born they are already 6 feet tall! Their tongues are also up to two feet long and are black/purple in color. 

We will continue to learn more about our mascot throughout the next few days and throughout the school year. If anyone finds and fun giraffe facts at home, please share them with us! 


  1. The giraffes are adorable and they are all so unique. Thank you for sharing Ms. Riley!

    1. Thank you, Shelly! I love how they all turned out, they make me smile whenever I look out into the hallway!