ALuv received an envelop in the mail from his cousin not too long ago explaining that his class had read Flat Stanley. Each child from the class had drawn and sent themselves in the mail to friends and family to participate in some fun adventures. So, we had “Flat Christopher” come for a visit and here’s some of the fun we were able to have with him:
We went to visit daddy at work
We went to see the pumpkins and squash at our local farmer’s market.
Once we finished, he wrote the class about Flat Christopher’s adventures and sent him back to school. 🙂
I loved this writing activity for a few reasons:
- It provided an authentic reason to write; which means that ALuv had to be aware of his audience–What knowledge would they already know? What knowledge would they need to know that should be included?
- I was also an authentic way to work on the form of writing a letter- with the greeting, the body, etc.
- It included a lesson in voice: in whose perspective does he write the letter? As ALuv or as Flat Christopher and how would that sound different?
- ALuv wrote more than he’s ever written in one sitting! He was interested and engaged. I think he ended up writing 4 or 5 sentences! Yay!
I was amazed when I got on Amazon at all the Flat Stanley books that are out there! I had absolutely no idea! Participating in a Flat Stanley writing adventure is fun, whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, and is a great way to work on authentic writing skills.
Thank you for joining This Reading Mama on a literacy journey!
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