As part of our integrated reading, writing, language, social studies and mathematics program, the second grade children in Mrs. Wolfe's class at Valley View Elementary School in Pleasanton, California, have read a funny book called "FLAT STANLEY" by Jeff Brown.
This book is about a young boy named Stanley who is accidentally squished "as flat as a pancake" when a bulletin board falls on him. Stanley is very, very flat but otherwise fine. The story goes on to tell how Stanley discovers some real advantages to being flat. He can slide under doors, go down into sidewalk grates, and even fold himself up small enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed to California (from a city far away in the USA) for an exciting vacation.
We send out plain paper dolls that we call FLAT STANLEYS, and we send them off to visit cities all over America and the World. The person who gets a FLAT STANLEY "decorates" him. FLAT STANLEY is "dressed" (using crayons, markers, paints, and sometimes fabric!) in clothes that he might wear to reflect the climate and / or activities FLAT STANLEY might see or do there. We also send out a questionnaire so that we can find out what FLAT STANLEY saw or did in that faraway city, what the climate is like, the distance between that city and ours, and some interesting facts about that city. Then that lucky person sends those facts back to us with the newly dressed FLAT STANLEY!
See some of our FLAT STANLEYS who have come back to us.
Burlingame Stanley Letter
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