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.