Mrs. Jennifer Wilmoth's 4th Grade Class at Kennedy Elementary has been part of a "Flat Stanley Adventure" recently, an adventure that began as a Flat Stanley project for the young Cardinals at Kennedy. But first, for those of you who may not be acquainted with "Flat Stanley", read this background info and then I'll share an exciting development with one of Kennedy's students and the adventure she created for her Flat Stanley.
In the original 1960's publication of the story, Stanley Lambchop was run over by a steamroller and survived. The story then goes on with his exploits. However in the 1990's the publication was changed to one where he and his younger brother Arthur are given a big bulletin board by their father to display pictures and posters. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley's bed. During the night the board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. He survives and makes the best of his altered state, and soon he is entering locked rooms by sliding under the door, being rolled up to go out to the park and playing with his younger brother by being used as a kite. One special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends in California by being mailed in an envelope. Stanley even helps catch some art museum thieves by posing as a painting on the wall. Eventually, Stanley is tired of being flat and Arthur changes him back to his proper shape with a bicycle pump.
The Flat Stanley Project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade school teacher in London, Ontario, Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document where Flat Stanley has accompanied them. Dale Hubert received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001 for the Flat Stanley Project.
The Project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students of other member schools who have signed up with the project. Students begin by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. They create paper "Flat Stanleys" (representative drawings of the Stanley Lambchop character) and keep a journal for a few days, documenting the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. Each student's Flat Stanley and its respective journal are mailed to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his/her journal, then return them both after a period of time. The project has many similarities to the travelling gnome prank except, of course, for the Flat Stanley Project's focus on literacy.
Okay, so now you understand what FLAT STANLEY is all about! Recently, one of Mrs. Wilmoth's students, "Mackenzie", mailed her Flat Stanley letter to a former foreign exchange student at WHS who had spent time with the students at Kennedy. The exchange student's name was Caroline Anderson, who lives in Denmark. Click the link below and see and read about Mackenzie's Flat Stanley's adventures with Caroline and her response to Mackenzie's letter with pics of Caroline and Mackenzies's Flat Stanley - awesome project!!
CAROLINE'S RESPONSE TO MACKENZIE'S FLAT STANLEY LETTER