This beloved book has become a classic that is still popular and well loved by many classrooms across the globe today. After Stanley Lambchop was flattened by his bulletin board, he has many exciting adventures that only an inch and a half thick child could have! The most famous adventure in this book is when Stanley is mailed in a giant envelope to his friend. That has inspired many classrooms to send their own Flat Stanley all around the world . . .
~Teacher Stuff blog review written by Emily Stout
Flat Stanley is known for being a favorite character to help teach geography and writing. You can also use Flat Stanley to integrate technology into your classroom too!
Writing/Social Studies: Use Flat Stanley to teach your students to use the letter format. I like to start the year off with Flat Stanley. We have A Community Scavenger Hunt with Flat Stanley book that is made by the class. They take turns taking the book and Flat Stanley home and taking pictures of the community (a unit we study in 2nd grade). Click here for a free download of the class book.
Geography: Sending Flat Stanley to new places is a fun way to study geography. Let students make their own Flat Stanley to send to a friend or relative in another state or another country. There are many Flat Stanley websites out there. The official Flat Stanley website is the one I use to get the template of Flat Stanley and the letter to send to with him. (Click here for the Flat Stanley website.)
As postcards from around the world come back to your classroom, you can learn about new places and keep track of Flat Stanley’s travels. This is an authentic way for students to study geography and map skills. I created a smartboard lesson to make this easier to track. You can watch the video of how this lesson works below. Click here if you’d like to buy it for just $$3!
You can use Flat Stanley to have students record their vacation events, send him to another grade level to learn more about what to expect in a new grade level, or send him to visit a famous author or celebrity!
How do you use Flat Stanley in your classroom?