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A Unique Art Experience

November 17, 2014 · Comments Off · Art

From Ms. Mallory:

This is a beginning of the year project that I sometimes do as a “loosening  up” activity. I did this project with my 2nd thru 6th grade students and I found it on kinderart.com.  The name of the project is called “A Unique Drawing Experience”, and the objective is for students to create an abstract following a set of directions given by the teacher.  And the experience would be for the students to draw and color creating their own abstract design.  The students are to draw what they hear and listen carefully to directions while not looking at anyone else’s work.  For example, I would tell them to draw 5 straight lines from one end to the other end making sure the lines always touch the edges of the paper to create space and then draw 5 different size circles anywhere on their paper large enough to create more spaces.  I decided to change my directions a little, for example I told one class to trace their hand.  They loved that part because it made their artwork a little more personal.  By the time all of lines and shapes are made there would be lots of geometric spaces and organic shapes.  A pencil was used first just in case any mistakes were made and after they were pleased with what they’ve done,  I demonstrated using a black marking crayon to go over the pencil lines to make the spaces stand out more, plus a regular crayon would not smudge when they started coloring the empty spaces.  They were very excited to discover that they would be using oil pastels to color in the spaces being that that medium is very vibrant, soft in texture, and bold.  They were explained that simple lines and shapes added with color will create the most interesting abstract art.  The results were awesome especially when they the finishing touch was going over those black crayon lines with black oil pastels.  They really made the shapes POP!   This was a very enjoyable and simple abstract art project in which the one set of directions really created a unique drawing experience for the students.  

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Hunt Club Farm

November 12, 2014 · Comments Off · Kindergarten

Mrs. Harris’ kindergarten class along with the other kindergarten teachers  went to the Hunt Club Farm in Va. Beach, Va. in October.

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The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything

October 27, 2014 · Comments Off · Library

From Ms. Ross:

Students hear the book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd   when they are in kindergarten.  In first grade, students act out the book.

The first grade English Standard of Learning number 1.1 states:

The student will continue to demonstrate growth in the use of oral language.

c) participate in a variety of oral language activities, including choral speaking,   and reciting short poems, rhymes, songs, and stories with repeated patterns.

d) participate in creative dramatics.

 

In the story, the little old lady is walking down a forest path after dark.

She is followed by two big shoes that go clomp, clomp, a pair of pants that go wiggle, wiggle, a shirt that goes shake, shake, two white gloves that go clap, clap, a tall black hat that goes nod, nod, and a very huge, very orange, very scary pumpkin head that goes boo, boo!  At the end of the story, the clothes and the pumpkin head come together to become a scarecrow in the old lady’s garden.

Some students are chosen as the characters while their audience classmates make the motions and sounds for each character .

The students have a GREAT time participating in creative dramatics with this story.

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A Message from the Principal….The Energy Bus

October 6, 2014 · Comments Off · From the Principal's Desk

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Welcome to another great school year at Victory Elementary!  I am excited to be with you and to announce we will begin the year strong and with great enthusiasm for what is to come!

The start of this school year gives us another opportunity to welcome new and returning faculty, staff, students, and families! It is our hope that your time spent with the Victory family will yield many positive experiences to include not only academics, but also community relations and interaction. Through it all, we vow to remain committed to our core business – educating all of our students well.

This year we have taken into consideration the issues brought to the forefront and have adopted the theme, “All Aboard with Positive Energy”! As we work to help the students finish strong, our theme will serve as a powerful reminder that we must work together to overcome common barriers to promoting the success of every child. It is meant to bring out the best in our team (school, families, and communities).

I look forward to the year that awaits us. and invite you to get on our “Positive Energy Bus”.

 

Sincerely,

Angela D. Flowers, Principal

Angela D. Flowers, Principal

 

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Papel Picado

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!!

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Second grade learns about Native Americans

January 13, 2014 · Comments Off · second grade, Social Studies

From Mr. DeLoach:

Mr. DeLoach’s second grade class has recently finished studying about Native Americans.  We focused on three main regions that the Native Americans lived in years ago.  The 3 regions were the Eastern Woodlands, the Central Plains and the Southwest.  We compared and contrasted how particular Native American tribes from each region lived, what the land and climate were like, what materials were available for them to use, what occupations resulted from their resources, how they traveled, and what kind of homes in which they lived.  From the Eastern Woodlands region, we studied the Powhatan Indians.  From the Central Plains region, we studied the Lakota Indians. And from the Southwest region, we studied the Pueblo Indians.  Each student was tasked with designing a project that told about a particular tribe.

The results were excellent!  Here are a few examples of the great work the students accomplished:

 Tyrese is holding a replica of how the Lakota tribe lived.  They had lots of rolling hills and buffalo along with the use of horses.  They were excellent hunters and made their houses, called “teepees” out of buffalo skins.  They were a nomadic tribe so their houses were easily transported from one place to another.

 

  Hailey  is holding an example of the Powhatan way of life.  They had vast forests and streams available to use and made their homes out of the bark and trees that surrounded them.  They were called ”Long Houses” because of their shape.  They were also excellent hunters and fishermen.

 

Hannah  is holding an example of the homes of the Pueblo Indians.  They lived in a hot, dry area and made their multi-terraced homes out of mud and straw known as “Adobe homes”.  They used irrigation that allowed them to become excellent farmers to provide their food.

The entire class did a wonderful job and fell in love with the challenging but simple way of life of the Native Americans.

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Kindergarten Update

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.

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A Brave Person

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.

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First Grade Update

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.
Math
We are learning addition and subtraction of numbers to 18.
Science
We are learning about motion and how things move. Some things move in a circle, straight, and back-and-forth motion.

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IF MUSIC IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, THEN THROUGH MUSIC YOU CAN SPEAK TO THE WORLD.

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 !!

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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

 

 


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