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									                                                                              Grade Level 2

Lesson Title: Flat Stanley

Suggested Time Period: 3 days for initial activities, could be on-going all year

Framework/Standards Connection and Geography Theme/Standards:

Standard 1.2 : Students compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations
of      people and places and describe the physical and human characteristics of places

       1. Using maps and globes to locate their local community, the state of California,
          the United States, the seven continents and the four oceans.

Geography Themes:

Location, Place, Region, Movement, Human /Environment

Focus Question(s):

   1. What are some of the major physical features of a specific place or region?
   2. How have historical events and individuals left their imprint on a region?
   3. What is the absolute and relative location of a specific place (e.g. state, city,
      country) ?


Students classify the geographical information found on postcards received from all over
the world according to the five themes of geography. Students determine the locations
from which the postcards were sent and label them on a world map.

Primary Sources/Literature:

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
world map

1. Conduct a shared reading of the story Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. In the story, Stanley
Lambchop is flattened when a bulletin board falls him. Knowing Stanley’s interest in
travel, his family folds him up and mails him to California.

2.Have students create their own Flat Stanleys – a 5-inch paper cutout (Appendix 1)
shaped like a boy. Have students place their cutout into an envelope with a note
Appendix 2) requesting postcards or letters describing Stanley’s travels. With the help of
their parents (Appendix 3) or teacher, students select a destination for their mailings.
Friends or relatives who live out of state or travel extensively are good sources. Use the
school address to ensure student privacy.

3.As the postcards come in, have students locate where they came from on their world
map and mark their locations. Have students determine the continent, country, and state
from which the postcards originated and any other relevant information. Students may
also create a graph of the continents, countries and states from which the postcards came.

4.Referring to the pictures and contents of the postcards, have students find examples of
the 5 Themes of Geography and sort the cards according to the themes.


Selecting one of the postcards, students write their own postcard to Flat Stanley telling
him what they have learned about this special place.

Locations from which postcards were received should be correctly labeled on the world


   Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. Harper Trophy, 1964

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