Mrs. Qureshi

Welcome to Mrs. Qureshi's Classroom

Amanda Qureshi
Amanda Qureshi

1st/2nd Grade Teacher
610-983-4080 ext. 194
amanda.qureshi@rak12.org


Important Dates/Reminders:


3/13-House shirt and Khaki bottoms day
3/15-Dutch Apple Theater field trip (all day) -Students may "dress up" for this trip or wear their uniform. 
3/18-3/22- Spring Break! 

Please fill out and returns forms that were sent home. 

Be sure to check the skyward grade book once per week or so to keep up with and know your child's grades! 

We will eat snack at 10:50 each day. Please send one with your child. They do not eat lunch until 1:00.
 

Classroom Wish list:

  • hand soap
  • wipes
  • tissues
  • pencils

Thank you to those who have been donating!


Thursday, August 23-first day of school, 11:00 early dismissal 

 

Tuesday, August 28-picture day 

 

Friday, August 31- 11:00 early dismissal 

 

Monday, September 3- school closed 

 

Tuesday, September 4- Spirit Wear day (any RA top with khaki bottoms) & lower school academy night at 6:30

Thursday, August 23-first day of school, 11:00 early dismissal 

 

Tuesday, August 28-picture day 

 

Friday, August 31- 11:00 early dismissal 

 

Monday, September 3- school closed 

 

Tuesday, September 4- Spirit Wear day (any RA top with khaki bottoms) & lower school academy night at 6:30

English Language Arts

This Week in ELA: 

  • We have completed SFA Roots! We are now using Reading Street. The letter I sent is pasted below.
  • This week, students will complete unit 3, week 2. 
  • Some things we will be working on are: comparing and contrasting, inferring, verbs that add -s, compound words and the -ng/-nk pattern. 
  • Spelling words: bring, wing, sang, rang, bank, blank, rink, pink, sunk, trunk.
  • The spelling test and weekly test will be on: Tuesday, March 12th (our day 6). 
  • Homework=reading log. Monday-Thursday, students will still read for 20 minutes. They no longer need to write a sentence. The date, title of the book of their choice that was read, and your signature will get them one point per night. Most weeks their homework grade will be out of 4 points. 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This letter is to inform you that our ELA class has completed the Roots Level 4 program by SFA and now will be entering the ELA program, Reading Street Common Core Grade 1. Reading Street will take over from this point on until the end of the year and maintain the same rigor, content, skills, and expectations.  Reading Street Common Core prepares young children for college and careers with heightened expectations of the new standards. Students will read, write, and engage with complex texts and think about texts at a deeper level.

Reading Street is the ELA program used in grades 2-4 at Renaissance Academy and is a K-6 Reading and Language Arts program that will motivate and engage your child while providing a necessary foundation that will inspire confidence in each student as a reader and a writer.  Students are encouraged to read like a detective with the Reading Street Sleuth, high-interest text and engaging activities provide opportunities for students to look for clues in the form of textual evidence and prove their case with performance tasks.

You will notice a few changes from Roots. For homework, there will be a monthly reading log. The students will no longer write sentences along with it. They will also have 10 word spelling tests, not 5. These words will typically be in a “word family.” We will run on a 6 day schedule. On the 6th day, they will have their phonics, vocab and comprehension test as well as their spelling test.

I am providing your child with a user name and password to access Pearson Reading Street online materials via the Pearson Realize website from Pearson. Pearson Realize is an all-in-one learning site that provides access to digital books, activities, readers, and more.

The login for your child is:

Username:  first.last@rak12

Password: Knights1


Follow these simple steps to access online materials

and assignments:

1. Go to http://www.pearsonrealize.com/

2. Click on Sign In

4. Enter your user name and password.

5. Click Log In.



Please let me know if you have any additional questions!


Amanda Qureshi


Amanda.Qureshi@rak12.org


Things to practice at home: 

  • When your child is reading to you, stop them at the end of each page/paragraph and ask them to retell what it was about. Make sure they answer in complete sentences with details.
  • When your child goes on reading eggs, have them practice logging in themselves. firstname.lastname@rak12     password- Knights1

​ELA General:

Students will bring their ELA bag, purple folder, and agenda back and forth to school each day. Their homework will be a reading log. Their spelling words are posted above, as well as written in their agendas each week. 

Shared Stories will be read on a four day cycle instead of 3.  Your child will be given points for a signed read and respond form and this will be applied to their grade.  Also, please make sure the back of the Read and Respond form is completed each night.

 

Next, your child should only read to Alphie’s paw.  It is located on the bottom of the page.  On Day 1, your child should read to Alphie’s first paw, NOT ANY FURTHER (if this takes less than twenty minutes, have your child keep practicing this portion of the story to help with their fluency, or choose another book).  On the second day, your child should read to Alphie’s second paw, NOT ANY FURTHER.  On days 3 and 4 (and 5 if applicable), your child should read the entire book.  We are teaching prediction and inferencing in Level 4 and reading beyond the required page will hinder your child from mastering these concepts. 

 

They will also be given a written story test each week. They will still have a 5 word spelling test each week. 

Shared Stories will be read on a four day cycle instead of 3.  Your child will be given points for a signed read and respond form and this will be applied to their grade.  Also, please make sure the back of the Read and Respond form is completed each night.

 

Next, your child should only read to Alphie’s paw.  It is located on the bottom of the page.  On Day 1, your child should read to Alphie’s first paw, NOT ANY FURTHER (if this takes less than twenty minutes, have your child keep practicing this portion of the story to help with their fluency, or choose another book).  On the second day, your child should read to Alphie’s second paw, NOT ANY FURTHER.  On days 3 and 4 (and 5 if applicable), your child should read the entire book.  We are teaching prediction and inferencing in Level 4 and reading beyond the required page will hinder your child from mastering these concepts. 

 

They will also be given a written story test each week. They will still have a 5 word spelling test each week. 

Shared Stories will be read on a four day cycle instead of 3.  Your child will be given points for a signed read and respond form and this will be applied to their grade.  Also, please make sure the back of the Read and Respond form is completed each night.

 

Next, your child should only read to Alphie’s paw.  It is located on the bottom of the page.  On Day 1, your child should read to Alphie’s first paw, NOT ANY FURTHER (if this takes less than twenty minutes, have your child keep practicing this portion of the story to help with their fluency, or choose another book).  On the second day, your child should read to Alphie’s second paw, NOT ANY FURTHER.  On days 3 and 4 (and 5 if applicable), your child should read the entire book.  We are teaching prediction and inferencing in Level 4 and reading beyond the required page will hinder your child from mastering these concepts. 

 

They will also be given a written story test each week. They will still have a 5 word spelling test each week. 

Math

This week in Math: 
Topic 9- Compare Two Digit Numbers

Homework: 

Mon-review 
Tuesday-no HW (test day) 
Wednesday-read family letter for chapter 10 
Thursday-NA (extension day) 
Friday-NA

Homework assignments will be listed on our website and in your child's agenda each day. Each night, students will have the option to complete math homework online OR to do the worksheet sent home.

**If you would like to see the teaching videos, workbook pages, etc. for each lesson for extra support, please do the following:

  1. Log into math website
  2. Click the box for first grade math
  3. Select the unit/topic we are on
  4. Select the lesson we are on (this corresponds with their homework)
  5. I usually post the homework on Friday for the following week if they would like to start it over the weekend and make the weeknights a little less hectic!

Science/Social Studies

This week in Science/Social Studies:

  • Unit 6: The Marketplace 

Monday- 6.4 Working in a Factory 
Tuesday- review in class and for HW
Wednesday-test 
Thursday- work on student treasure books
Friday- NA-field trip 

​Our science topics for the year are: 

Chapter 1-The Nature of Science 
Chapter 2- The Design Process
Chapter 3- Living Things and Their Environments 
Chapter 4-Plants and Animals 
Chapter 5-Earth and Sky
Chapter 6-Weather
Chapter 7-Matter
Chapter 8-Energy
Chapter 9-Movement ​

Interactive Science, Math and ELA:

Helpful/Fun Websites:

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 West Corporation. All rights reserved.