I am a future elementary school teacher who loves to read and try new books both inside and outside of the classroom. This blog is dedicated to cataloging and keeping up with all the books I would like to use in my future classroom as well as ways I can use them in my classroom!
Flat Stanley is a SUCH a fun story to share with your class. One night while Stanley is sleeping a bulletin board falls on him and makes him half an inch thick! Stanley is able to be folded up and flown and mailed around the world and go on an amazing adventure that leads to him being a hero. This is a great book to read with your third graders, and have a fun writing activity to go along with it. You could "flatten" your own students by taking a picture of them and attaching it to a cutout and having them decorate the body. One your students are flattened, have them write a letter to a mysterious pen pal. And the exciting part is you as a teacher actually gather people from around the country (or even the world if possible) to exchange a letter with! This not only helps students get writing practice in but it also get them excited about writing as well. I remember this was an activity we did when I was a kid and I was so excited to get mail from another country! It was so much fun to see where other classmates had gone as well! Obviously, this would need to be approved with the proper people (such as administrators as well as parents), but I just think it is such a valuable activity to attach to this book!
Lexile Measurement: 750L