A tool for students and parents in Miss Stead's fourth grade class!
About My Classroom

Welcome to a year of learning, smiling, exploring, encouraging, embracing challenges, and goal-setting.

Credentials: National Board Certified, with a Masters in Instructional Leadership from the University of Washington

Phone 425-837-4059

Email: whiteB2@issaquah.wednet.edu 

Want to Meet in Person?  The best times are before school (8:00 - 9:00) or after school (3:45 - 4:30)

Important Things to Note:

*HOMEWORK/PROJECT due dates are recorded daily in your child's planner!*

*WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS (sent home each Friday in Friday Folders, and also posted on SeeSaw) also contain due dates and updates on curriculum*

Click on the FILES tab to find our syllabus, class expectations, daily schedule, curriculum descriptions, parent resources, etc. 



Our current writing project is to make nonfiction books  Students already have created 1 book with their table groups about the Lewis and Clark expedition.  Now they are researching and writing individual books about extreme forms of weather.  Some have chosen hurricanes or tornadoes; others selected blizzards, and a few chose floods or thunderstorms.  Each student is responsible for writing 3-4 content chapters that are clearly organized with headings, sub-headings, and cohesive paragraphs.  These chapters include text features such as blurbs, bold words, or photos with captions.  Finally, each book needs a strong introduction and conclusion, and possible additional features like table of contents or glossaries.  It's a huge undertaking!  But they are well underway!     


This winter we dove into nonfiction reading strategies, to go along with our writing topic.  We learned the special ways we can read nonfiction: previewing text features beforehand, identifying the text structure, and pausing to state the main idea after each chunk of reading.  These crucial skills help a student digest large amounts of information more efficiently.   Our unit culminates with practice summarizing nonfiction.    


Our current module is all about fractions!  Not only have students learned how to identify unit fractions, they are comparing fractions and adding/subtracting fractions using a variety of strategies.  Some prefer to create equivalent fractions to help them reason about the size of a fraction; others prefer visual models like tape diagrams or number lines.  It's been great to see them find the strategy that works for them, and build their confidence!