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 write and send out friendly letters.  I've had students choose family members, friends, heroes, authors, and athletes that they would like to hear from.  Each student works to publish several well-structured, carefully edited letters.  Our main goal is conventions.  In the process we are learning about different types of commas (and their correct usage), as well as other critical writing mechanics.     


This month we began our Historical Fiction unit.  Students learn that when they read historical fiction, there is an extra layer of information to sift through.  Besides tracking the characters, their motivations, and themes...they need to make sense of where in history it's taking place.  Furthermore, how does that time in history influence how the character acts, and the themes that are interwoven?  It's a complex topic, but the kids are pretty engaged!  Our first round of historical fiction books are in the backdrop of World War 2.    


Our third module is all about multiplication and division!  We look at the basic steps of dividing double and triple digit numbers, showing it using visuals, manipulatives, and the traditional algorithm.  More importantly, students learn to interpret word problems to see which stories require dividing versus multiplying.  This is a great unit to brush up on those multiplication facts!  It makes everything go faster!