For more than 20 years, the Flat Stanley Project has connected over 6,500 students and classrooms in nearly 50 countries throughout the world annually. This summer, Summit Academy is joining the trend that everyone from Jay Leno to President Barack Obama has taken part in by encouraging students to spend the summer participating in the Flat Stanley Project and finding fun projects to do with him. Still need to make a Stanley? Get started at www.flatstanley.com.
Stanley’s Summer Curriculum
We already know that Flat Stanley is a great tool for teaching students about geography, but did you know that he can be used in other lesson plans? This month we are sharing fun ways to incorporate Stanley into your student’s school subjects. How are you incorporating Stanley into the school curriculum? Tell us on Facebook. Be sure to use the hashtag #SummitStanley.
English – Flat Stanley has a very descriptive name and appearance, so why not use him to teach students about similes. Talk about Flat Stanley’s shape and how he is as “flat as a pancake” for example. Ask students if they’ve heard descriptions that use “like” or “as” to connect dissimilar items that are not usually thought of together (such as a boy and a pancake). Encourage students to collect as many similes as they can, not just related to Flat Stanley.
History – Dress your Stanley up as historical figures or in authentic outfits of different time periods. Then, have students research and write essays about their historical Stanley and the period they lived in.
Health – What does Flat Stanley eat? Pose this question to your student then have them come up with a healthy diet of flat foods (ex. flatbread pizza, cheese, cucumber slices, etc.). Talk to them about proper nutrition with the four food groups and why a balanced diet utilizing the food pyramid is important.
Science – Conduct your own summer science experiment with Stanley by building a kite and taking him for a ride in the park. Spend the afternoon teaching students how a kite flies by using the four forces of flight (lift, weight, drag, and thrust) and how it helps everything from Frisbees to airplanes soar.
Math – Did you know that a “rule of thumb” was one of the earliest forms of measurement? With that old adage in mind, create a Standard Unit of Measurement Stanley where each part of him is a multiple of a standard measure. For example, his length could be 20 cm, his width 10 cm, his legs 3 cm and his arms 2 cm. With a standard measuring tool, students would have a reference for estimating distances and a sense of metric measurement.
Show Us Your Stanley!
We want to see your Flat Stanley’s adventures all summer long. Share your photos celebrating the 4th of July to (). Don’t forget to include the hashtag #SummitStanley. We may feature your adventure in a future newsletter! Download and Print your own Flat Stanley!
Sources include FlatStanley.com