Friday, March 27, 2009

crafty kiddos- Flat Stanley comes to Oakland

If I ever get back into teaching one of the first things I'm going to do with my kids, regardless of grade level, is host a Flat Stanley project. Flat Stanley is a book by Jeff Brown. Its about a kid who gets flattened by a bulletin board one night, and becomes a half inch thick.

Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he's a hero! There are quite a few books about Stanley and his adventures.

Teachers have used this as an opportunity for their kids to get crafty and creative.

A little background Flat Stanley: The project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade teacher. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document what Flat Stanley has done with them. The Flat Stanley Project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students of other member schools who've signed up with the project. Students begin by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. Then they make paper "Flat Stanleys" and keep a journal, documenting the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. Then they send Flat Stanley to someone else to continue his journey.

Its a great way for kids to get creative with their Flat Stanley, and his many adventures.

Mick and I got a Flat Stanley in the mail last week, courtesy of our friend Kristen's class in Austin. We took him on BART and around the lake. Here is part of his journey. Honestly, he was kind of a pimp. Check it out.

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