Flat Stanley from North Carolina Visits Discovery

Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 12/19/2009 7:00:00 AM

DSC01349 On Thursday afternoon December 17th a Flat Stanley from North Carolina was delivered to Barrett. On Friday morning Flat Stanley participated in the Moon: Past, Present, Future lesson with Mrs. Gomez second grade students in the Discovery Lab. We filled out a Google Document, answering questions asked by the students in NC. Now, we have to decide where to send Flat Stanley. He can go anywhere in the world! We have to be sure the next person who hosts Stanley has a computer with Internet access and will agree to mail Stanley to another destination after his visit. Do you have any ideas as to where we should send Flat Stanley? If so, type in the comment box below.

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DSC01362 DSC01360Can you find Flat Stanley in the photo above? DSC01355Student-created production of Apollo 11

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From the Flat Stanley Project website:In 1995, Dale Hubert, a Grade 3 teacher in London, Ontario, Canada, began the Flat Stanley Project. He invited other teachers to take part by hosting flat visitors and to encourage their students to write their own Flat Stanley journals.

One of the many advantages of sending flat visitors is that they can visit friends by traveling in an envelope.

Students make paper Flat Stanleys and begin a journal with him for a few days. Then Flat Stanley and the journal are sent to another school where students there treat Flat Stanley as a guest and complete the journal. Flat Stanley and the journal are then returned to the original sender. Students can plot his travels on maps and share the contents of the journal. Often, a Flat Stanley returns with a pin or postcard from his visit. Some teachers prefer to use e-mail only. Especially creative hosts send the Flat Stanleys back with pictures, souvenirs, stories and reminders of the visit.

Before sending a Flat Stanley to anyone on the List of Participants, be sure to send an e-mail first, to ask if it’s OK. Some classes become overwhelmed with all the little flat guys.

The Flat Stanley Project is a penpal activity- but it’s far more than that, too. By sending a Flat Stanley it’s as if the senders and the recipients have a mutual friend- a little flat guy they can both talk about.