This project is designed to educate students in a variety of subjects, such as geography, English and math.
The class has been reading the “Flat Stanley” books by Jeff Brown. In the stories, a boy named Stanley is able to flatten himself, and therefore, mail himself around the world so he can participate in a series of adventures.
The students in the class have colored their own Flat Stanley characters and they will mail them around them around the country to other students participating in the same project. Polk School Superintendant Marvin Williams even dropped by to assist the second graders with coloring their Flat Stanley characters.
“I have been in contact with teachers from Arizona, California, New York and Florida,” said Bearden. “This is like a pen pal project where the students learn about reading and writing,” he added.
The students will also learn about geography as they track the places that Stanley visits. The students receiving Stanley from the Northside students will also write in a journal about their hometowns and tell about the climate, and send these journals back to Cedartown. Students will learn about math by calculating the mileage that Stanley will travel in his adventures.
Bearden added that students in these other locations will take photographs of Stanley visiting local landmarks.
The students at Northside will also receive Flat Stanleys from their pen pals and take them on adventures in Cedartown. They will keep a journal about Stanley’s adventures and will also photograph Stanley at various Cedartown locations.