Over the past couple of weeks, all of the first grade classes have been reading the classic book, Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown. Flat Stanley is the story of Stanley Lambchop, a little boy who was accidentally made “flat” when his bulletin board fell on top of him. His new dimensions were 4 feet tall, 1 foot wide, and half an inch thick. In the story, Stanley’s family couldn’t afford to send him on a plane trip to California, but in his new condition his family was able to put him in a big envelope and mail him instead!
As a follow-up activity to the book, all first graders made their own Flat Stanleys to take home and mail to a friend or relative from either another state or another country. The people who receive your Flat Stanley need to fill out the enclosed questionnaire, take a photo of themselves with your child’s Flat Stanley, and mail the questionnaire, the photo, and your child’s original Flat Stanley back to you. Please send your child’s Flat Stanley in an envelope big enough so he won’t get bent. When all of the Flat Stanleys return to school, we will be hanging them up on a bulletin board chronicling his travels! Below is a timetable outlining the project:
On or before 11/11/13
Mail your Flat Stanley, Flat Stanley questionnaire, host letter, and (optionally) story writing directions to a friend or relative in another country or state
On or before 11/25/13
Your friend or relative mails back to you the completed questionnaire, a photo of themselves with your child’s Flat Stanley, and the original Flat Stanley made by your child
On or before 12/02/13
Send all of the materials back to school so we can hang them up and start learning all about Flat Stanley’s travels!
The first graders are excited to learn about and map all of the places that their Flat Stanleys visit over the next month
Thank you for your support of this wonderful project.
The First Grade Team