April 1, 2014 · Comments Off · Art
From Ms. Mallory:
Hola amigos! Hello friends! This is one of the most absolute favorite projects that my 1st graders enjoy! I always try to incorporated culture in my lessons. I tell them art is cultural because there are people all over the world that create art in many different ways. Being that I’m from the island of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, and being from a different culture, always makes for something different, fun and educational. We ventured to Mexico where celebrations are lively and colorful. I showed a video of a gentleman that explained that when they have festivals or any special occasion, they line the streets or even inside with colorful cut paper. This is called Papel Picado. The students repeated the Spanish term for cut paper and then later viewed another video of a little girl giving a cute demonstration of how to cut paper to make their own.
We practiced with fan folding a piece of scrap paper and using a sissors, students cut small basic shapes out on the creases on all the sides. When students were comfortable with cutting and folding, each student was given a colorful 9×12 piece of tissue paper to fold and cut. The biggest excitement came when the students opened up their cut paper! Strings were then stapled on one of the ends and students proudly displayed their Papel Picado. I was not able to display any of their work in the building because they wanted to take them home. It was fun and the students really enjoyed this project. So until next time, adios!!
December 16, 2013 · Comments Off · Kindergarten
From Ms. Cleland:
We have been learning about Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians in Kindergarten. The Powhatan Indians were Native Americans who lived in Jamestown when the settlers first came to America. The Indian princess Pocahontas helped the settlers get use to the new land and form a friendship with the Powhatan Indians. In honor of the Powhatan Indians our class made vests and head bands just like the natives in Jamestown.
December 12, 2013 · Comments Off · Fifth Grade
From Ms. Moore:
Ms. Moore’s 5th grade class entered the Veteran’s Day Writing Contest and placed Honorable Mention. The students collaborated diligently and wrote an incredible writing. The fifth grade students will be taking their Sol Writing test, which is scheduled for March. They are on their way to being expert writers.
A Brave Person
By Ms. Moore’s Third Block Class
Do you know who the bravest person is in my family? My dad is the bravest person in my family because he serves our country, protects our family, and he is deployed a lot. To begin with, my dad serves our country. He wears camouflaged uniforms and boots. Camouflage is like trees, grass, and mother nature. And, his boots are as big as a football field. And, he tells pilots where to go. Awesome! Also, he protects our family. He checks the house. He has some weapons and practices with them sometimes at the shooting range. I don’t think anyone would want to break into our house. In fact, my dad is the greatest because he supplies my needs by taking his time and going to work, he buys us food like pizza! He calls me cuddly woodley, when I am sick. In addition to all the good things that my dad does, can you imagine being without him for six months to a year? He travels to places like Eqypt. When he is gone he is sent to places to fight for our freedom. Sometimes he travels on a big ship. I also miss my dad because he misses Christmas when we open our presents. Sometimes I feel so sad when my Dad isn’t here. As you can see my Dad is a busy man. He works hard on his job to provide our needs and our country’s needs. I miss him when he is not here, but he is the bravest person I know.
November 25, 2013 · Comments Off · First Grade
From Mrs. Goodman:
Here’s What is Happening in First Grade
Social Studies Project
The first graders made pilgrim hats to wear to the Thanksgiving Day Luncheon on Tuesday, November 26. They learned about the early settlers and that Thanksgiving is an American holiday.
We are learning addition and subtraction of numbers to 18.
We are learning about motion and how things move. Some things move in a circle, straight, and back-and-forth motion.
November 22, 2013 · Comments Off · Music
From Mrs. Liverman:
Greetings Victory Family: We were well represented at the collaborative concert with three of our All-City Students and the Virginia Children’s Chorus. Lots of hard work but great rewards.
The seventy strong Victory Chorus sang for our Veteran’s Day Concert, November 8th. Great job !!
December plans to be a very productive musical month with our chorus singing for the Olde Towne Holiday Musical Festival, and our Holiday P. T. A. Program presented by k& 1st grade classes and our 4th-6th chorus. Look forward to seeing everyone at these festivities!! Musically, C. Liverman
November 18, 2013 · Comments Off · Third Grade
From Ms. Freeman:
Ms. Freeman’s class is crazy about multiplication. We’ve come up with a unique, fun way to practice our multiplication facts. What other way than to multi-task! Check out the video to watch my students get down with the Cha-Cha while answering multiplication facts on the ActivExpressions!
Multiplication Cha-Cha from Ruth Okoye on Vimeo.
Memorizing multiplication facts can be a task for some students. Having ActivEpressions in the classroom is a plus because you can generate multiplication facts for the student’s to practice. Students are able to work at their own pace or you can put them to the challenge by setting a timer. When you come up with creative ways for the students to memorize multiplication facts they will appreciate it and have a blast doing it.
What are some creative ways you use to get students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division facts?
October 29, 2013 · Comments Off · second grade
From Ms. Mapp-Jonathan:
Second graders at Victory are doing wonderful things. We have been very busy. My second graders participated in a Swim/Gym program sponsored by the Portsmouth YMCA and Portsmouth Public Schools.
The Swim/Gym Program is designed to promote fitness and personal water safety skills. Our second graders learned personal safety skills, water adjustment, floating and treading. Students were also involved in 25 minutes of fitness activities.
We also received a surprise visit from two special characters, Chuck E and the Cat in the Hat. Chuck E stopped by to invite the students from Victory to a family night of fun at Chuck E Cheese. We were very excited. The Cat in the Hat made a special appearance in our classroom to read our favorite story. We would like to send a special thank you to both of them.
Although we have had some fun times in Room 203, we are also busy learning. Our students are busy at work on the computers, working on the Waterford Early Literacy Program. The program is designed specifically for the early grades, pre-k through second grade, with easy navigation, scaffold instruction, audio, and multimedia prompts to ensure success. Our students are also working in small groups in order to reinforce skills learned in the whole group instruction. This allows students more attention and gives them a chance to ask specific questions they may have about what they have learned. Good job second graders!
October 21, 2013 · Comments Off · Uncategorized
From Ms. Mallory:
Click here to play Ms. Mallory’s podcast: Ms. Mallory Abstract Art
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October 14, 2013 · Comments Off · Kindergarten
From Ms. T Harris:
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Kindergarten at Victory Elementary! The students are off to a victoriousstart this year and learning many exciting new things. We are counting to 100, creating patterns, reading our sight words, and identifying the characters and settings in books.
We made pictures of Julius. He is a character from the book Julius that we read.
Here are some of our sight words
This is a pattern that we worked on
*Remember to read a book to your child daily.
Successful Story Time Reading Tips
Have your child…
- name the parts of the book and tell you their purpose.
- picture walk and make a prediction of what the story will be about.
- point to the words as you read.
- identify sight words throughout the story.
- name the characters in the story.
- tell you the setting of the story.
- tell you the sequence of the story (What happened first, next, and last).