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8:25 Greeting and Attendance

8:30 Phonics/Language Arts/Key Word

10:00 Snack Recess

10:15 Fluency

10:30 Math

11:50 Lunch

12:25 Math Workshops

1:00 Writing/Social Studies/Science/ELA = Workshops

2:00 PE

2:25 Dismissal


*Wednesday Dismissal is 12:30 and students will not have a lunch break.


*Library is Thursday and Computer Lab is Monday and Tuesday.

Cassandra Corder

Room 4 News!

We are busy in Room 4 learning, collaborating, and enjoying first grade. Please check Class Dojo daily as all class and school updates will be sent there weekly. 





  • Read with your child and listen to them read daily.  I can’t stress this enough:)

  • Go over the Dolch Words—all 11 lists!  Your child should be able to read each list with ease and 100% accuracy.  First graders should be working on list 6 & 7 by now.  (To be truly fluent readers they should be able to read all 11 lists.)

  • Ask your child questions about the book they are reading.  Expect them to answer in complete sentences. (The who, what, where, when, why, and how questions of a story)

  • Begin reading chapter books with your child, if you have not done so already.  Let them read a paragraph and you read the rest of the page. Again-ask questions before, during and after reading.  

  • Go online to the Lexia program for 10 – 30 minutes a day.  Students should know their passwords and usernames. The link is on Almond Grove's School webpage.


  • Have your child complete the Homework Writing Topic independently.  Proofread it together.  Correct and discuss capitals and periods.  Correct sentences that not written in a complete, grammatically correct sentence. By the end of first grade students are expected to independently write a clear, grammatically correct paragraph with a topic sentence, details, and a conclusion.

  • Help your child recognize when to correctly use capital and lowercase letters.

  • Have your child fix reversals in their letter formations.  It is not uncommon for students to write letters backwards, but now is the time to start fixing them.


  • Help them recognize their numbers to 120, count to 120 and write to 120 by 1’s, 10’s, 5’s and 2’s.

  • Count backwards from 120 with them.

  • Count by 10’s starting at any number: 6, 16, 26, 36…. Or 3, 13, 23, 33….

  • Play quick games like:  What is 1 more than ___?  Or 1 less, 2 more or 2 less,10 more, 10 less

  • Work on the addition and subtraction facts to 20, double facts, and sums of 10.

  • Go online for math games.  Students can work on Zearn ( with their same user name and password as Lexia.  


  • Remind them of classroom rules and why they need to follow them.  Help them learn self-control.

  • Help them work on their homework independently and quietly.

  • Be their cheerleader and help them feel proud of good work and good behavior.

  • Make sure you have set the standard for them and they know what you expect from them.

  • Make sure your child says please, thank you, and excuse me, as well as can wait patiently and ask politely for help.

  • Teach your child to tie their shoes if they don't know how yet:)


Remember in a world where your child can be anything...make sure that he/she can be kind.

Enjoy these last few months as your child finishes First Grade!


Here are some great websites (some are available as apps too):


Fun Brain - These games include math tic-tac-toe, math baseball, math car racing, and other motivating concepts to make practicing math concepts fun. Your child can easily adjust the questions to make them easier or harder while playing.   Click on “search for games” or on your child’s age to find more math games.

Fema -This site contains word problems based on natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and volcanos. These will require pencil and paper.  The FEMA website also has crossword puzzles, jigsaws, mazes and word searches.

Super Kids -Create printable math worksheets for your child customized to whichever types of problems you would like him or her to practice.  Very easy to use.

Teacher Kids -This site offers multiple choice answers for word problems, time, money, rounding, and many other math skills in an online worksheet form that grades itself.

Bang on Time! Practice telling time.

ABCya! Children's computer games & activities feature large and easy-to-use navigation buttons as well as voice instructions. Games and activities include: alphabetical order, upper-case and lower-case letters, counting numbers, connect the dots, numerical order, shapes, addition, e-storybooks and holiday games.

Fun Brain - These games include grammar gorillas, spell-a-roo, and alphabetize.

PBS Kids - This is a site where families can surf together, and where parents and caregivers are happy to have their children interact, learn and play.

Starfall - This is a wonderful site that has many interactive activities to go along with reading.

Enchanted Learning - Enchanted Learning produces children's educational web

sites and games which are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.

Teachers and Families - is a web resource developed by teachers for students and their parents. The site offers free learning resources for pre-K through high school students.

ABC Teach - This is the place for kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers. - Learning skills for life, games for Pre-k through 6th grade. - a fun educational website for teachers and kids, free elementary language arts activities, educational interactive games, reading, writing and book making online for kids.

Reading Games for Kids - These games are appropriate for kids ages 6 up.

On-line Stories and More - Intended for first grade, but could be good for review or remediation.

From this site you can hear Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Hector Elizondo, Lou Diamond Phillips, and more read some of your favorite stories.  Click here to listen to Polar Express, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

ABC Order - Practice placing words in alphabetical order.

Storybook Web:  This website contains a captivating collection of activities for children aged 5-8 years. The site is based on popular children's stories by authors Scoular Anderson, Debi Gliori, Mairi Hedderwick and Frank Rodgers. In addition to the range of interactive activities, you can watch

and listen to the authors reading excerpts from their stories and answering some questions about how they get their ideas for writing.

Spelling Practice:  You can practice your spelling words online!  Look, say, cover, type & check

An adaptable spelling tool for word level work. It is simple to input the words you want to focus on.

More spelling practice!! Type in your words and you can practice them by playing games and taking practice tests!

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.

Wacky Web Tales!

ABCya! Children's computer games & activities feature large and easy-to-use navigation buttons as well as voice instructions. Games and activities include: alphabetical order, upper-case and lower-case letters, e-storybooks and holiday games.

* Available as an app

* Available as an app

*Available as an app

*Available as an app                                            

Going to school is important to me because...


Good attendance is important in kindergarten and first grade because: 1) children learn to read and write in these early grades; 2) reading provides the building blocks to understand math; 3) children learn how to be good students in the early years; and 4) students have fun and make friends when they are in school.


Ir al escuela es importante para mi porque... 

La buena asistencia en kindergarten y primer grado es importante porque:  1) los niños aprenden a leer y escribir en estos primeros años; 2) la lectura proporciona los elementos básicos para entender las matemáticas; 3) los niños aprenden a ser buenos estudiantes en los primeros años; y 4) los estudiantes se divierten y se hacen amigos cuando están en la escuela.

All About Mrs. Corder

My name is Cassandra Corder and I am your child's 1st grade teacher. This is my 8th year teaching, but my third year in first grade at Almond Grove. I taught second grade for five years in Pittsburg and I love teaching in my own neighborhood. I have lived in Oakley since 2011 and I love the community. I have two young children, a 4.5 year old boy and 2.5 year girl, who enjoy all the activities this community has to offer. My son will be starting TK at Almond Grove this year! I received my BA from Chico State, my credential from Cal State Teach, and completed my student teaching in Antioch. I have been working with children since high school when I was an intern in a 3rd grade classroom in Antioch. I taught preschool during college and ran an after school program while getting my credential. Working with children is a passion of mine and I am excited to continue at Almond Grove. I look forward to an amazing year!


Here are a few items are class can use throughout the year, any donations are welcomed.


  • Construction paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • Tissues
  • Markers
  • Colored copy paper
  • Sharpened pencils
  • Lined paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Erasers

Also, if you come across these items in your house that you are planning to get rid of please let me know we may be interested.

  • board games
  • balls for recess play
  • bean bag chairs
  • hula hoops
  • jump ropes
  • playing cards
  • dominoes
  • 2 tier bookshelf
  • small plastic baskets

We can use these items for rainy days, PE, class library and much more!