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First Grade Fractions

January 27, 2021 | Kate Streelman

When we returned to school, first graders started looking into halves and fourths!  We learned that for something to be cut in half, the halves need to be equal. So we looked at pizzas.  Would you be happy with a pizza cut like this:

The answer was a resounding “no way!”

“It’s not equal,” one student explained. “You have to cut it through the dot in the middle!”  After cutting and creating our own pizzas, we decided to start a business!

The first graders went into the Half-and-Half Rug business which later expanded into Fourths Rugs!

Students worked on circular, rectangular, and square rugs and cut them into halves and fourths, creating beautiful designs!  They even priced their rugs and sold them to classmates.

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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