My students learned about Flat Stanley this year. It's a great project. We send tagboard copies of Flat Stanley home, and the families either take Stanley someplace, or they send him to someone somewhere in the world.
In case you've never heard the story, Flat Stanley had a bulletin board fall on him. He wasn't hurt at all, but ended up quite flat. Luckily for us, he was flat enough to put himself in an envelope and send himself anywhere he wants!
Children can make their own Flat Stanley, and send him to various places around the globe. I've seen pictures of Flat Stanley near a variety of landmarks and with a variety of famous people. In fact, I've even seen Flat Stanley with the President and on the Golden Gate bridge!
So we made our Flat Stanleys and sent them out. Stanley was due back in town by June 1st, so we started sharing stories Friday during Social Studies.
It was a great project. Children came back with pictures and notes from Stanley from a variety of places. Flat Stanley has been fishing in the Adirondacks, playing in North Carolina, touring in Disney, even exploring forts in Puerto Rico! We haven't seen all the responses yet, as we just started sharing on Friday, but there are a few more to share on Monday, and I suspect there are a few more coming in. (Rumor has it Stanley was seen somewhere in Asia, and was running late for our June 1st deadline!)
I'll be sure to post pictures of our map and bulletin board when all the Flat Stanley adventures have been revealed. (I seriously can't wait to see the rest, there were some FAT packages!)
Being the reflective person that I am, I've been wondering how I can make the project better for next year. I started by retyping the letter I used. I added more information and attached a website with samples, ideas, and activities for kids. I made a point to mention that this was a geography project, which I neglected the first time, and led to a couple of "mystery adventures". Luckily, we solved the mysteries! I've attached the letter with blanks for you to fill in as a freebie here.
Be sure to visit this website to learn more about what you can do with Flat Stanley! You can even download your own Flat Stanley from this website!