Buck Institute for Education

Flat Stanley Community Heroes

What will my students be doing?

Students will perform a community hero action, gather data to measure their impact, and publish an online magazine dedicated to someone in their community who they were able to help .

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Current Version: January 10, 2018

Students are passionate about helping others and their communities . In this project, students will use Jeff Brown’s famed and beloved Flat Stanley character to connect with different communities and inspire students to be heroes for a community cause .

They will create Flat Stanley Ambassadors to challenge students in other communities to solve a problem, and do the same with Flat Stanley Ambassadors they receive from a partnering classroom . They will perform a community hero action and gather data to measure their impact . Their work will be published in an online magazine that will be shared with a wide audience and dedicated to someone in their community who they were able to help .

Project Notes

  • Subjects: ELA, Social Studies
  • Grade Level: 3rd
  • Common Core Aligned
  • Time Required: 15-30 Hours

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The Flat Stanley Community Heroes project was inspired by Dale Hubert. In 1995, when the Internet was in its infancy, Dale created the Flat Stanley Project at www.flatstanleyproject.com. My Flat Stanley Project has been referred to as one of the very first social networks and since its humble beginnings, is now familiar to millions of children, parents and teachers around the world. Jeff Brown, who wrote the original book in 1964, contacted Dale when he noticed a huge increase in interest in Flat Stanley. Jeff and Dale became very good friends, and we kept in touch for the rest of his life.

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