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How Big Is Your Foot?

December 9, 2020 | Kate Streelman

First graders have begun a new study: working with larger numbers!  We began this study using our feet.

Henry helps Lola by tracing her foot

Jackson traces Dominick’s shoe

We then discussed how we could measure our feet:

  • from heel to toe (length)
  • across the widest part (width)
  • around the outside (perimeter)
  • filling the inside (area)

We ended up measuring the area of our feet!  We used inch tiles to fill it. We also discussed what to do since our feet aren’t square like the tiles.  We did an estimated measurement, using the tiles to cover all of it.

Then we added our data to a chart:

Finally, we looked at our data and discussed how we could make it easier to read.  Here’s the final graph of what we found out about our feet and inch tiles:


Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, First Grade Moon Class

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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