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Flat Stanley is a wonderful way to connect students with people and places around the world. The project has been around for 20 years! Recently, my global teaching partners and I found a new twist for using Flat Stanley in a project! Classes in Australia, Lebanon, South Africa, Finland, and the Untied States wanted to complete a project that involved a Staley FROM each location being present AT each location... at the SAME TIME! If you have used the postal service to send items to schools in faraway places, you know how long that can take, expecially considering how many locations we were using.

Imagination is a powerful tool in young children, and our students had no problem using their vivid imaginations to devise a simpler way to allow our Flat Stanley characters to travel the globe. Here is a step by step explanation of how it worked:

In each classroom, each student created a Flat Stanley holding the flag of his or her country. Those would be the characters meeting the traveling Stanleys as they arrived.

Students voted on one Stanley to represent their class by traveling to the other locations.

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