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What Do You Know About Feathers?

May 26, 2021 | Kate Streelman

First graders have been studying feathers lately!  Let’s take a look and see what they’ve been doing:

The Sun class took a close look at some real bird feathers and made some observational drawings. They also wrote about the functions of feathers and the types of feathers that birds have!

The Moon class looked at what birds feathers can help them to do!  Some of them are easy to guess, others might surprise you:

Dominick used his feathers to sneak around silently, but Naomi used hers to make sounds!

Henry showed how his feathers (or hat) protect from sun, wind, and water!  Cameron used his feathers to find food.  Some birds like herons can make their wings into an umbrella which makes it easier to see fish underwater.

Hummingbird Lola uses her feathers to carry pollen as she feeds on flowers, helping keep up the food supply!  Jackson has extra feathers on his feet which allow him to walk on top of snow, as if he has snowshoes on!

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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