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We attend a K-8 STEM school that is located in a suburb of our state capital. Our focus is on science & technology. We have students from various backgrounds and demographics. Maybe it is because of the focus of our school that we get students who are eager to learn and love hands-on experiences, as most 6 and 7-year-olds do. They want to be challenged, yet they want to do it themselves. If you ever visit a classroom of first graders, you will quickly notice that they are a source of constant movement. It is now more important than ever that students are able to keep themselves, their belongings, and their supplies in a safe personal space.
As I'm preparing for school to begin in the fall, I'm trying to think of the materials I will need to help me keep my students safe. My classroom will be a whole new world when I have to implement social distancing. An alphabetic carpet that is in 26 separate squares is perfect for sitting on the carpet and socially distancing. Each student will have a square to sit on that can be moved around the classroom. The baskets will allow each student a place to put finished work or incomplete work without it touching any other papers that belong to others.