Friday, October 28, 2011

Flat Stanley (An Oldie But a Goodie)

Last week, we read this:
Flat Stanley has been a part of my classroom for many years.  For those that are unfamiliar with him, Stanley was a boy who was flattened by a bulletin board one day.  He adjusts quickly to his new flat lifestyle.  At one point, his family mailed him across the country because it was cheaper than a plane ticket.  By the end of the story, his brother helps him get back to normal.

After listening to the story, the children had a chance to decorate their own Stanley.

Click on the picture for a template.

The students then get to mail Stanley to friends and/or family members asking them to send us a picture or write a note letting us know how he is doing.  It is such a simple project to get started and yet you reap the benefits from the project all year.

As I was looking for a picture to post on my blog, I came across a ton of images of Stanley's adventures, including meeting some very important people.  It is funny how Stanley has become a part of so many lives.

One of my favorite Stanley stories was from when he had a run in with the law.  A relative was taking pictures of Stanley at a national park.  They propped him up on a monument for a photo op.  Turns out the park police were not too happy about that and told him to remove it immediately.  My class got such a kick out of the fact that Stanley almost got "arrested." 

I can't wait to see what adventures Stanley goes on this year.


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