Around the World With Flat Stanley
Here, Stanley is
pictured at the U.S.
Space and Rocket
Center in Huntsville,
By Brandy Chandler
Are you looking for a creative way for your children to build writing and communication skills as they learn about the
world around them? ;en look no further
than the Flat Stanley project! ;is project
is based on the book titled Flat Stanley,
written by Je; Brown. ;e project itself
was created in 1994 by Dale Hubert.
In the Flat Stanley books, Stanley is
;attened by a bulletin board and sets
o; on new adventures as “Flat Stanley.”
He is able to slide under doors because
he’s mailed all over the country in an
1 A Flat Stanley project can
be customized to ;t the needs of each
1. Read the Flat Stanley book.
;e book is a wonderful way for children to learn more about Flat Stanley.
It explains how Stanley became ;at and
how he used that situation to help others. It is a wonderful story that the children will enjoy.
2. Create a Flat Stanley.
;ere are a number of creative “Stanleys”
that you can print from www.;atstanley
.com in either color or black and white.
;e children can color the templates to
3. Prepare an informational
If you plan to send Stanley to others, it
is helpful to complete an informational sheet, a form that you create which
provides a brief overview of the project
and details about Stanley. Have your
child answer the questions to share
with others. For example, you might
tell a little about the area that you live
in, the climate, recreational activities,
etc. You also may have the child journal
some of “Stanley’s” likes and dislikes,
etc. This is where the project can really
be personalized to meet your homeschool’s goals.
4. Create a travel journal to send
A travel journal will help the student
learn more about the region where Stanley is being sent. ;is form can include
the date, information about the weather,
and an overview of Stanley’s adventure. If
there are speci;c things that the student
wants to learn about the region, he can
include questions about those things in
the journal form. ;e form may also include questions about nearby landmarks
or points of interests.