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Diving Into Math

October 12, 2022 | Kate Streelman

Fourth and fifth graders have been diving deep into math these first five weeks.  Keep reading for updates from both grades as well as some pictures of students hard at work!

In fourth grade, we have begun the year with multiplication.  We are working on using multiplication to solve comparison problems, determining whether numbers are prime or composite, and finding factors of numbers up to 100!  We have been doing this by using a workshop method.  Each math class, students meet in a small teacher’s group to learn a new concept, solve and discuss problems together, or learn a game.  The other two stations work on workbook problems or on IXL activities to enhance their learning of the current topic!

Next week, we will start a new unit called Generating and Representing Measurement Data.

Fifth grade has also been working on multiplication!  Their areas of focus for the first five weeks have been:

  • solving 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication problems
  • defining multiples, factors, prime, and square numbers
  • using the order of operations to solve computation problems

They have been working as a whole class and in small groups on their math goals. They also have center days where some centers are teacher-led and some are independent. At the independent center, they may be working on an IXL assignment or a project. Today, they started a new project called “Order of Operations Manual” project. The goal is to demonstrate their understanding of how to use the order of operations to solve problems.

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, Fourth Grade

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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