Friday, February 10, 2017

Flat Stanley

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The second graders were eagerly anticipating their field trip to see Flat Stanley. In preparation, we read the original Flat Stanley in class.  The children were engaged in the reading and discussion afterward.  They were really looking forward to see how the play version would compare to the book.

In addition, the children made their own Flat Stanley to mail to relatives and friends.  Stanley has been mailed to many states including New York , Florida, Kansas, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and many others.  He also been sent to the Philippines, India, Korea, Brazil, and England.  We are excited to hear about Stanley's adventures. (See below to read where Stanley has been already!)

Last week we went to the Stoneham Theater to see a children's production of Flat Stanley. The children we captivated by the child performers who did a wonderful job of bringing the book to life.  After the play we were invited to join a "Talk Back" with the actors to hear a bit more about themselves and how they depicted certain parts of the play.

In reading rooms 17 & 18, the children have chosen another Flat Stanley book including some of his world wide adventures.  The children have learned how to take notes as they read each chapter and are working on a summary of the book.  They are then going to work with Mr. Murphy and Ms. Sheffer to make a presentation on their book using the Book Creator app and Chatter Pix app.  The children have loved learning this app and are excited to put their presentations together.  Once the projects are complete, the children will present their digital books to the class.

We have been so excited to hear from our first two Flat Stanleys.  The first Stanley was Emmett's Stanley mailed to New York.

Flat Stanley is in New York City!!! In New York City, everyone starts their day with coffee. Here Flat Stanley has an espresso, a type of Italian coffee that comes in a very small cup and is very strong. He started his day in the middle of Manhattan, one of the five boroughs of New York City (Can you find the other 4 boroughs?)

Flat Stanley went outside to visit Bryant Park, right behind the big Public Library. Can you find the library on the map?

In Bryant Park there is a carousel ride but it was closed for the winter. 

Flat Stanley was not disappointed because he could walk 2 blocks and come to…TIMES SQUARE!!

yes, Times Square! Times Square is an area at the intersection of two streets: Broadway and Seventh Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. It is surrounded by very tall buildings with lots of signs.

There are soldiers who stay there to be sure everyone is safe. The soldiers were happy to pose with Flat Stanley.

Times Square is a fun place with lots of people and lots of information about New York City. Flat Stanley was happy to hang out here for a while and watch all the people and the billboards.

 Next Flat Stanley went north up Broadway, what the local people call “uptown” and stopped at Lincoln Center which is a group of theaters that show music concerts and dance shows.

Flat Stanley was happy to see the theaters because Flat Stanley always liked to dance and he was hoping to find some dancers at Lincoln Center.

Flat Stanley was in luck because he was lucky to find a ballerina to dance with at Lincoln Center. He hopes he can come back to New York City to watch his dancer friend on stage.

In the meantime, Flat Stanley jumped back into his envelope and headed back to Burlington and to Fox Hill Elementary school. While Flat Stanley loves to travel, he missed everyone at school and he can’t wait to see everyone again. Thanks for visiting New York Flat Stanley!! Come back soon!

We also heard from Kayla's Uncle Phil from Tampa Florida.

Yesterday Flat Stanley made his way safely to Tampa, Florida.   

Below is a map Stanley used to fly to Tampa, Florida: 


He is enjoying the warm 78 degree weather today and apparently is not missing the snow back up north.  He is currently checking out the palm trees and planning to go for a swim in the pool in the morning. 

Will keep you all posted on his Florida adventure! 

We are looking forward to hearing about Flat Stanley's other adventures.


  1. good collection for the kids because they like their favorite character flat Stanley and refer it as their friends

  2. Field trips are always good to kids to learn new things, Sadly we don't have frequent field trips in our region. Thank you for sharing it with us and keep posting such nice posts