Saturday, January 31, 2009

Who is Flat Stanley?

For those of you who have never heard of Flat Stanley, he is a character in a series of books by Jeff Brown. In the first book he is flattened by a bulletin board and as a result is able to have all sorts of different adventures--including being mailed to visit relatives! Several years ago a teacher had the idea to use Flat Stanley ( FS) to promote reading and writing with students. The teacher had each student create a paper doll FS which was then mailed to another class of students. The host students journaled about their Flat Stanley's adventures and when the visit was over, mailed them back to their original owners. Since then many teachers and parents have come up with their own version of the Flat Stanley Project. In addition to language arts activities, FS can be used in a variety of ways for math ( how many miles did FS travel?), social studies ( what is the capital of California/reading maps), science, art, etc.

If you are interested in creating a lapbook about Flat Stanley you might be interested in the unit on Homeschool Share which includes minit books and a chapter by chapter guide of ideas. Live and Learn Press also has a Flat Stanley Learn 'N folder.

A16 is doing an ongoing FS project. A friend made a FS out of cloth for A16 ( thanks C! ) and FS has been making visits to friends and family. We are collecting a written journal and photos of all of FS's adventures. In addition we are making minit books and activities to go along with the book series as we read them. For example, in the first book FS acts like a kite so we read a book on kites and made a mini version. This project is easily adaptable for different ages and abilities.

Who know where FS will visit next?

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