Book Raffles

book raffle

We had our book raffle this week!  I use the Scholastic points I earn from orders to get new and exciting books for our classroom library.  To make the new books more enticing, we have a book raffle.  Students are able to place tickets in the cups with the corresponding book they would like to read.  I randomly choose tickets out of the bucket and create a list of students who get to read the books first, before I place them in our classroom library.  I have found this is a fun way to get kids excited to read new books.

Veteran’s Day

I could not be more proud of our 3rd graders.  On Friday morning, they did an amazing job honoring those who have served our country.  I was in awe of their performance, and I am proud that these students understand and respect the sacrifice that our Veterans make on a daily basis.

Thank you to those who were able to come out and support our students.  It was great to see so many families and Veterans at our assembly.

What has been going on in E-19?

We have had a great time in our room this week!  Our class got “BOO”ed this week by another class in our school.  The students were so excited to see our door decorated with a basket of sweet goodies for them to enjoy.


We synergized during one of our morning meetings this week to decorate our class pumpkin.  We made a sugar skull and I think he turned out quite nicely.  We enjoyed decorating the pumpkin together, and I am proud of how the students worked together.  It was great to see our pumpkin lined up with all the other pumpkins at the Hallolympics on Friday night.


On Thursday, our class got to participate in a virtual lesson from the Math Science and Innovation Center.  Our lesson was called “Spooktacular” and it was surely spooktacular! The students were able to make observations about bats.  We got to discuss their physical and behavioral adaptations, use mathematical tools to measure our bats, and discuss our findings with other classes over central Virginia.  It was so much fun, and the kids really enjoyed it!

Veteran’s Day Songs

Here are the songs for our Veteran’s Day Assembly.


Thank you for practicing these songs at home!

Veterans Day:

Pinchbeck Elementary School Cafeteria

Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m. AND Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m.


The Service Songs


“Fifty Nifty United States”


“America the Beautiful”


“For The Good of the Many”

2nd Week of School

We had another fabulous week of school.  It is great to see the kids becoming comfortable with our classroom and our routines. This week, Ms. Michanco, our student teacher, began teaching the students in social studies.  We learned about how our government helps us with laws, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day and the difference between the two.  In math, we worked to understand bar graphs, line plots and pictographs.  For reading this week, we started our whole group lessons in making predictions when we read.  It was a quick week, and I am looking forward to continuing our success!

Welcome Back!

We had a fabulous first week of school.  We had a great time getting to know each other and learning our classroom routines and expectations.  On Thursday, we created our class mission statement.  As a class, we discussed what we would like to see from our classmates and from our teacher.  Together, we wrote our statement and each student signed their name.  This is a great way to hold each other accountable to being the best we can be each day.


In math this week, we started talking about how we can graph data in a variety of ways. We will continue discussing graphing into this week.  For social studies, we began our lessons about rules and laws and why they are important.  Ms. Michanco will start teaching this week, and she will continue our social studies unit and discuss government and why our government is important.

I am looking forward to another fantastic week!

Mrs. Ficor 🙂

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

This week was a fun one in room E-19.  We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday in a variety of ways.  First, we had some delicious treats from our amazing parents!  On Wednesday, the students dined on truffula trees, Dr. Seuss hats, green eggs and ham, and Lorax cupcakes after participating in a D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) drill.  What a fun way to celebrate!  On Thursday, we had a virtual lesson with the Math and Science Center.  After reading “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”, our lesson took us through in and out tables, finding patterns, working through word problems, and finding different combinations of hats and feathers.  The kids really enjoyed connecting with other classes around the state of Virginia.  Lastly, Mrs. Adams from the library came to our class to read to the students.  She read the new Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get”.  We had a fantastic time celebrating this week!



Here are the kids participating with other students around the state of Virginia during our virtual lesson.

Big Nate

There is quite some buzz going on in E-19. We have become very interested in the “Big Nate” series. The kids are very excited about these books. I have checked out as many as I can from the library, and we are taking turns reading them. How great is it to see such excitement? If you have the chance, go to the local library and check some of these books out. The kids are really into them!  Happy reading!


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The month of October has come and gone!  We had a fun month in room E-19.  We ended our month with a fun lesson from the Math and Science Center.  We had a virtual lesson about bats!  The great part about our lesson was actually inspecting and observing real bats.  Our kids got to connect to other classrooms in the state and go through the lesson together.  At first, the kids were very hesitant to touch their bats.  But as the lesson progressed, they were all about it.  I am proud of how they handled the bats, how they worked together, and how well behaved they were.  It was “spooktacular” indeed!

Making observations about our bats.

Making observations about our bats.




Scholastic Book Clubs

This year, we will be using Scholastic Book Clubs to build our literacy and our love for reading.  Scholastic allows your child to get new books to foster a love of reading.  Not only is it beneficial for your child, it helps me build our classroom library with a variety of new reads.

To order:

1- Visit

2- Click on “Add Your Child”

3- Complete the information about your child and be sure to enter in our 5-digit code: H7P32

4- Select the books you want from the various catalogs and place your order.

5- The order will be sent to me at school where I will distribute the books to your child.

Easy Peasy!  Thank you for your support and fostering a love of reading in our classroom.