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Subtraction Action

October 7, 2020 | Kate Streelman

First graders have jumped into a new study in math: subtraction!  Like many of our studies, this involved learning some new games.

The first game was “One or Two Less”.  Students flip over a card (1-10) and can cover up any number on their board that is one or two less than the number on the card.  They try to get 6 in a row or even cover the whole board!

Dominick, Henry, and Jackson try to fill their whole “One or Two Less” board.

The next game was an old game with new rules!  “5-in-a-row subtraction” involves rolling two dice, one with numbers 1-6 and another with numbers 7-12.  Then you subtract the smaller number from the bigger and that’s what you cover up on your board:

Dominick rolls and covers numbers on his “5-in-a-row” board.

Finally we learned “Roll and Record Subtraction”.  It has the same rules as “5-in-a-row” but a different game board.  To win, you try to fill one number up to the top of the board!

Cameron plays a game of “Roll and Record”!

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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