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Colorado Flat Stanley

(Grades 1 - 4)

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #1

Intended Learning

 In a group setting, read and discuss Jeff Brown’s Flat Stanley

Materials & Resources

    1. Jeff Brown's Flat Stanley

Activity Description

  • Read the first two chapters of the Flat Stanley.  Continue reading the book over the next few days (total of five chapters).
  • Discuss the reading each time.  Ask appropriate leading questions such as:  "What would you do if you were flattened by a bulletin board?" " Where would you like to travel to if you could?"  "What would be the advantages and disadvantages of being flat?"
  • At the conclusion of the book, tell the students that they will be participating in a REAL Flat Stanley project.  They will be making a Colorado Flat Stanley, writing a journal about his adventures in Colorado and then sending their Colorado Flat Stanley and a blank Stanley to a relative or friend in another state.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #2

Intended Learning

Students will use scaffolded searching to learn about characteristics of Colorado in order to design and create their own Colorado Flat Stanley.

Materials & Resources

    1. Computer lab
    2. Idea Bulb (includes a list of websites and on-line databases) to record findings.
    3. Flat Stanley template or exemplar (to show them) - it would be BETTER if the teacher made an example!

Activity Description

  • Tell the students they will start their own “Colorado Flat Stanley” project.  Provide each student with the Idea Bulb (contains links for websites and on-line databases).
  • Encourage students to use the websites to complete the Idea Bulb as they come up with ideas on what to put on their Flat Stanley to make him a true Coloradoan.  Tell students to consider clothing, hair, hat, shoes, facial expressions, and accessories that are distinctive of Colorado.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #3

Intended Learning

Using their researched ideas on Colorado, students will design and create a Colorado Flat Stanley paper doll.

Materials and Resources

    1. Student-completed Idea Bulb
    2. Scissors, construction paper, glue, colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.
    3. Flat Stanley template


Activity Description

  • Tell the students they are to use their Idea Bulb to design and create their Colorado Flat Stanley.  Tell students that their Colorado Flat Stanley will be taking a vacation to visit a friend or relative in another state, so Flat Stanley must look his VERY best!  Remind students that they are to consider dress, face, shoes, hair, hat, and accessories that are distinctive of Colorado.
  • Allow students time to decorate the dolls however they wish.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #4

Intended Learning

To accompany Colorado Flat Stanley, each student will complete a journal reflecting his/her Flat Stanley’s life in Colorado.

Materials & Resources

    1. Colorado Flat Stanley journal template

Activity Description

  • Tell the students that before they send their Colorado Flat Stanley to a relative or friend in another state, he needs to have a journal so that the host family for Flat Stanley knows about his life here in Colorado (this also serves as a model for the recipient family).

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #5

Intended Learning

To accompany Colorado Flat Stanley, each student will need to consider what their Colorado Flat Stanley needs to take on his trip (pack in the suitcase) to visit a friend/relative in another state.

Materials & Resources

    1. Flat Stanley suitcase

Activity Description

  • Tell the students that before they send their Colorado Flat Stanley to a relative or friend in another state, he needs to pack his suitcase for the adventure.
  • Have students share items they have taken on a vacation or items they have seen a visitor bring that has visited them.
  • Remind students that things that can go with Flat Stanley should be appropriate for someone of Flat Stanley’s unique shape and also that “items” do not need to be physical (i.e., sense of humor, sense of adventure, etc.).

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #6

Intended Learning

To introduce the Flat Stanley “exchange”, each Colorado Flat Stanley will need to have a letter of introduction and Flat Stanley template to mail to the student's relative or friend in another state.  Additionally, each student will need to have an address for the friend or relative who will be receiving the Flat Stanley template.  Students will need to get this information from a parent or guardian and bring it back to school.

Materials & Resources

    1. Informational letter to parent, with request for the address of a friend or relative living in another state
    2. Informational letter to the friend or relative
    3. Flat Stanley template
    4. Return letter template
    5. PowerPoint on parts of a letter and how to address an envelope

Activity Description

  • Provide each student with a legal-size envelope and have them address the envelope when the addresses from parents are returned.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #7

Intended Learning

For Flat Stanley’s great send-off, the students will put together the entire “package” to be mailed and then participate in a wonderful school send off celebration.  This is a great opportunity to get others in the building excited and engaged with the project!

Materials & Resources

    1. Completed letter of introduction to the friend or relative
    2. Flat Stanley template
    3. Flat Stanley return letter template
    4. Colorado Flat Stanley
    5. Colorado Flat Stanley journal
    6. Completed and stamped envelope

Activity Description

  • Have students compile all the elements needed for the package to be sent to their chosen friend or relative.  This includes:
    • their Colorado Flat Stanley
    • the Colorado Flat Stanley journal
    • the blank Flat Stanley template
    • the blank Flat Stanley return letter template
    • the completed envelope (addressed and stamped and decorated, if you choose).
  • Have the students carefully fold the items and place them in the envelope.
  • After inquiring in the main office, plan to have your class meet and greet the mail carrier and hand-deliver the Flat Stanley “packages” directly to him.  Be sure to invite the office secretary, librarian, principal, and Instructional Superintendent (remember to invite these people well in advance).

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #8

Intended Learning

Now that Flat Stanley is “on his way,” students will engage in an Internet Scavenger Hunt to learn about the state where they sent their Flat Stanley!  This activity should be done in collaboration with your school’s teacher librarian and/or computer lab teacher.

Materials & Resources

    1. Flat Stanley’s Travel Itinerary
    2. Computer lab
    3. Double Pair and Share Compare/Contrast sheet

Activity Description

  • Students go to the computer lab and access the Flat Stanley Travel Itinerary Scavenger Hunt to learn about the state where they sent Flat Stanley to visit.
  • Upon completing their research, students gather in a small group of 3 or 4 to compare and contrast information they found about their states.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #9

Intended Learning

 In a group setting, read and discuss Michael Tunnell’s Mailing May.

Materials & Resources

    1. Michael Tunnell’s Mailing May.

Activity Description

  • Read the book. (Teacher's, be sure to read the “Author’s Note” in the back of the book).
  • Discuss the reading.  Ask leading questions such as:  "What was so special for May about visiting her grandmother?" "What made it possible for May to be “mailed”?" "Could you repeat May’s adventure today (being mailed) and why not?" "Could this story have actually happened?"

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #10

Intended Learning

Using a self-guided instruction sheet, a scale, and the Internet, students will determine how much it would cost to mail themselves (via parcel post) to the state where they sent their Colorado Flat Stanley.

Materials & Resources

    1. How Much Would It Cost To Mail Me? worksheet.
    2. Estimation of the “average” weight of a student.
    3. Address of the relative or friend receiving Flat Stanley.
    4. Computer lab

Activity Description

  • Students will work in pairs to obtain statistical data of height, weight, and general size to record on their worksheet.
  • In the computer lab, students will use the worksheet instructions to determine the cost of sending themselves to the state where they sent their Colorado Flat Stanley.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #11

Intended Learning

Using a picture card concept, students will sequence the order of events from the book, Flat Stanley, and write a new “chapter” adventure for Flat Stanley.

Materials & Resources

    1. Sequencing worksheet
    2. "What ELSE happened to Flat Stanley?" creative writing worksheet.

Activity Description

  • Working in pairs, students will put the events from the book in sequential order.
  • As an individual activity, students will write a new adventure for Stanley.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #12

Intended Learning

 In a group setting, read and discuss Mapping Penny’s World, by Loreen Leedy

Materials & Resources

    1. Loreen Leedy’s Mapping Penny’s World.

Activity Description

  • Read the book to the whole class.
  • Discuss the reading.  Ask appropriate questions such as:  "Why are maps important?" "In what situations do we need a map?" "What is scale and why is it important?" "Describe a situation in which you needed a map."

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #13

Intended Learning

In preparation for mapping where all the Colorado Flat Stanley’s have traveled, students will learn the parts of a map, then make a U.S. map of the locations where the Flat Stanleys were sent.

Materials & Resources

    1. Instructional PowerPoint on Parts of a Map
    2. 8 1/2 x 11map of the United States
    3. Colored pencils
    4. Large classroom map of the United States or a set of classroom Atlas’ or a printout of a map of the United States
    5. Push pins
    6. Yarn

Activity Description

  • On the large bulletin board map of the United States, have students place a push pin in the state where they sent their Colorado Flat Stanleys.
  • Ask students to label and color the states where Flat Stanley was sent to by each member of the class.
  • Have students complete the map (Title, Orientation, Date, Author, and Legend).

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #14

Intended Learning

 To determine absolute and relative distance of Flat Stanleys’ travels.

Materials & Resources

    1. 8 1/2 x 11 map of the United States (one per student)
    2. “Where Ya’ Been Stanley?” worksheet
    3. Large classroom map of the United States
    4. Push pins
    5. Yarn

Activity Description

  • You should already have a push pin placed at the city where each Flat Stanley arrived (or returned from), and the students should have the states identified where Flat Stanley traveled to (or returned from).
  • Using a piece of yarn (a long one for the large map) and smaller ones for each student, demonstrate how to use the yarn to measure the distance between each city Flat Stanley traveled to (or returned from). 
  • Have students add up the total distances between cities to determine how far Stanley traveled.

Colorado Flat Stanley - Activity #15

Intended Learning

To celebrate success, we need a class celebration!  Please use your celebration ideas to honor your students’ excellent work and your personal dedication to their learning!

Materials & Resources

    1. Classroom Computer
    2. Projection unit (smart TV or LCD projector)
    3. Large classroom map of the United States
    4. Celebration worksheet
    5. Digital camera
    6. Push pins
    7. Yarn

Activity Description

  • Take pictures of students with their TWO Flat Stanleys to post around the United States bulletin board map.