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Water Science in the Fall

November 17, 2021 | Kate Streelman

An investigation into the properties of water and states of matter is intertwined with the fall term social studies unit about explorations by sea as well as the mini-term social studies unit about the Arctic and Antarctic. In this investigation, students explore how water behaves in demonstrations and experiments. They investigate water movement, density, flotation, and buoyancy using the words flow, cargo, capacity, sink, and float. Students learn how to make predictions, make observations, record data, and draw conclusions. The water cycle is explored throughout the term as students learn about states of matter and these terms: dissolve, absorb, cohesion, viscosity, and surface tension. 

Below you can find pictures of our most recent experiment: boat building to test for cargo capacity.  We used tinfoil, connecting cubes, and plasticine.


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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