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5Jan/100

Flat Stanley’s Adventures Around the World Podcast

Ms. T.'s  first grade classes read the book Flat Stanley by Jim Brown. They sent paper Flat Stanleys to relatives and friends around the country and received images and stories back.

Flat Stanley

Then, inspired by the "worldwide" success" of Mrs.B's podcast episode of the Magic Tree House, the six year olds wanted to create their own recording.

As a class their brainstormed a storyline, so every one of them could have a segment in the recording. It came natural to them that they wanted to be flattened by their SmartBoard and be mailed around the world.

As their homework assignment, they were to pick a location of their choosing and to borrow a book from the library about that location. They could also use the internet to research their destination. Together with their parents they read the book and wrote a short script that needed to include:

  • The location (City, State, Country, and/or Continent)
  • How did they get there (transportation)?
  • What did they do at that location?
  • How did they get back home?

They were also given the reminder that

A podcast is an audio recording, so the children need to think about the senses and sound effects they can use to help portray the mood. How did it feel to be mailed? how did it sound and smell at the places. What did they see?

Recording with Garageband

Take a listen and follow these first graders to London (England), Antarctica, Alabama (USA), Space, Israel, Tokyo (Japan), North Pole, Illinois (USA), New York (USA), Hollywood (USA) and Michigan (USA).

To save the MP3 file to your hard drive and then to import into your iTunes library before syncing with your iPod, simply right click and "Save Link as".

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Here are some comments that were left for our students:

  1. Ms. Sanderson
    January 5th, 2010 at 8:47 am
    What great reading expression! I loved listening to your Flat Stanley adventures. It’s such a great book. You may be interested in checking out our Flat Stanley blog made by 3rd graders at my school: http://abbotflatstanley.edublogs.org . We’d love to have comments! :)
    Westford, Massachusetts!
  2. Michael Walter
    January 5th, 2010 at 9:39 am
    Great, I am totally inspired to try this at my school.
    St. John’s, NL, Canada
  3. Steve Ransom
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:02 am
    What a great idea, wonderful creativity, and terrific reading and writing skills! When you read with such expression, it makes your ideas so fun to listen to. I love the detail about being hot in the envelope on the way to Tokyo, Japan. You made me want sushi, too! I don’t want to wear sumo diapers, though 😉 Did you know that sumo wrestlers eat between 6,000 and 20,000 calories a day and skip breakfast? Well done!!
  4. Ms. McGillJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    Great job! I really enjoyed listening to your podcast. Everyone spoke very clearly and used expression in their voices. This made your podcast interesting and easy to listen to. I have never read the Flat Stanley story, but I will now.
    Seaforth, Ontario, Canada.
  5. Sally Boone
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:20 am
    You all did a wonderful job with this podcast! I think your reading is exceptional especially with your enthusiasm and expression! You kept my attention the whole time! I enjoyed listening to your travels!
  6. Caroline Roche
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:22 am
    Thank you very much for an interesting journey around the world. I am from the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom, which is right next to London, and I thought that your description of London was really good! Thank you for making such a fantastic podcast – well done!
    Caroline Roche, School Librarian, Kent, United Kingdom
  7. Kristen Swanson
    January 5th, 2010 at 11:13 am
    Boys and girls, you did a great job! I learned a lot of new facts about places that are far, far, away from me! I live in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Did you know that George Washington hid the Liberty Bell in this town during the Revolutionary War in 1776? Thanks for sharing!
  8. Ina Beltman
    January 5th, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    Boys and girls,Thank you for a wonderfull story.
    I live in the Netherlands in a small town called Markelo.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ina Beltman Markelo the Netherlands
  9. Elke
    January 5th, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    You are the best Flat Class I ever listened to.
    Thanks for the wonderful story.
    Elke, The Netherlands
  10. Anita Kwiatkowska
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    Guys,You are awesome!
    All the best from Istanbul, Turkey :)
  11. Ian Pratt
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    love flat stanley from when i was a kid, my 5year old son loved listening to your story too. brilliant story,well done guys. Bedford, England
  12. Mrs. Haugeberg
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    What a great project! Everyone did a wonderful job on their Flat stories!I’m from Lisle, Illinois – just outside Chicago.
  13. Claire Barnes
    January 5th, 2010 at 5:31 pm
    You are definitely the best travelled Flat Class in the world! I live in London and could picture Jasmine visiting all the sights in my home city. I thought everyone else had exciting adventures too!
    I love the story Flat Stanley and read it when I was a little girl (many years ago!). I have recently read it with my daughter who loves it too. I really enjoyed re-reading it as a grown-up and we read the Flat Stanley sequels too – maybe you could find one in the library if you enjoyed the book. (London, England)
    Thanks for sharing your great podcast!
  14. I enjoyed listening to your podcast and learned so much about the places that were visited. Great sound effects!
  15. Marybell Rodriguez, tech teacher, Monterrey, MexicoMarybell Rodriguez
    January 5th, 2010 at 6:04 pm
  16. Jade KempJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    I am a teacher in Mildura, Victoria, Australia. I had never heard of Flat Stanley until a few years back when a friend from The sTates sent her sons “Flat TYler” over – we took him to some Aussie places http://flattylerdownunder.blogspot.com/
    Again, good job!!
    Fantastic Job!
  17. Susan Sedro
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    Hello from Tioman Island, Malaysia,
    I live in Singapore but am vacationing here. I came on a propeller plane but you can also take a long ferry ride instead.
    Thank you for your interesting podcast! I enjoyed learning from you.
  18. Richard Lambert
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:23 pm
    What a fantastic podcast! Your reading voices are so clear and full of expression – well done! I’m very impressed. I just want to know, how come none of you chose to go to Australia? That’s where I’m writing from. We’re on summer holidays at the moment (January) and the weather is perfect! Ah well, maybe next time! :) Well done guys!
  19. Steve BarkleyJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:24 pm
    What great readers! I have flown with Flat Stanley several years ago.
    Keep up the great work.
    From New Hope, Pennsylvania
  20. CarlJanuary 5th, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    Hi, I am from New Mexico and I totally enjoyed your podcast!
  21. Paula Naugle
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:52 pm
    AWESOME! I am so impressed by your 1st grade Flat Stanley project. Your reading and speaking skills are so easy to hear and understand. I’m glad you all had a good trip and got back home safely. I teach 4th graders in New Orleans.
  22. Lorraine Leo
    January 5th, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    I had so much fun listening to your voices on the podcast! You used LOTS of expression when you were telling your story. I liked the way you used the sound effects too. I could imagine all of the places that you were describing. Thank you for sharing your podcast with the rest of the planet! Great job!
  23. Greg StevensJanuary 5th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
    Beautiful recording. So expressive. How did you come up with the script? Did your class work together on the story you would tell? The pieces fit together wonderfully.
  24. Miss Eckert
    January 5th, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    Great podcasts!
    Greetings from my 7th grade science class in St. Louis, Missouri…if Flat Stanley came to St. Louis he would probably visit the Arch and Busch Stadium (home to the Cardinals)!
  25. Donna Leontowicz
    January 5th, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    WOW! What a great job to all of you. I love your voices and the story. Thank you for sharing this with all of us!
    I live in Red Deer Alberta, Canada.
  26. Sallie Draper
    January 6th, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    Fantastic job! Thanks so much for taking me along on your adventures!
    I live in Sleepy Eye, MN
  27. Chris Hyde
    January 6th, 2010 at 3:14 pmThis is awesome! You all did an outstanding job with your reading expression. Keep up the great work!
    Chris from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  28. Brenda Hallowes

    January 6th, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    Great reading Grade ones. I loved your story. If you came to Port Elizabeth here in South Africa you would be able to go to the beach. We are enjoying hot days this week. Our schools open for the new school year next Wednesday.

  29. Mary Vreeman, Tampa, Florida
    January 6th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Your reading was amazing! It made me want to run right out to the library and read Flat Stanley again! Most of all, I enjoyed listening to your travel adventures! The decriptions were so detailed I could imagine myself traveling to those places, myself! I learned so much about far away places like Israel, Tokyo, and even SPACE TRAVEL!!! Nice Job Readers and Authors!

  30. Carrie Ward
    January 10th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I loved the creativity of all the students, the sound effects and the places they went to, especially the time travel to Chicago where I am originally from. :) I am now teaching in Dhaka, Bangladesh and can’t wait to share this podcast with the students at my school. Thanks for making such a professional story!

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