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Monday, March 18, 2013

Introduction to Flat Aggie Project

***UPDATED 9/12/2013***

I love teaching kids about where their food comes from.  When I can get my fellow farmers to help me it is even better.  Flat Aggie is a way to do just that the same way that Flat Stanley has taught kids for years.  Classrooms all over the country do projects based on the book Flat Stanley.  If you haven’t read the book, here is the basic info.  Stanley is a normal kid until a bulletin board falls on him and makes him flat.  His classmates find they can put him in an envelope and mail him all kinds of places.  He sends back reports on what he has learned.

The Idea

My friend Janice over at A Colorful Adventure helped her nephew with a Flat Stanley project and he went to several farms in the U.S. over 2 weeks.  Sarah at The House That Ag Built has been using Janice’s idea to bring agriculture to her classroom with Flat Aggie. 

Last year, I am worked with my son’s First Grade Teacher to bring a report from a farm for the last seven weeks of school.  In the 2013-14 school year, she (and 3 other teachers) will be getting a report from Flat Aggie every month.

Templates

We started with a plain paperdoll of Flat Stanley printed out the full size of a sheet of 8.5 by 11 inch paper. 
 
We decided we would send one Flat Aggie out into the world, so she had the kids vote for shirt, hair, eye color, etc. 

Want to do the Flat Aggie Project Yourself?

I have had numerous requests for information on how to do this in other parts of the nation that I have added more on how I did it.
  1. How to find farmer hosts
  2. The Basic Teacher Requirements
  3. Finishing the Reports
  1. Flat Stanley
  2. What to expect in the reports
  3. Presentation to the class suggestions
  1. Background information
  2. Basics of a post
  3. Request for a farmer to help with the project
  1. Specifics on Flat Aggie's Report
  2. Suggestions on how to make the reports more personal
  3. Where and when to send in the finished report

Do you love this idea?

Fill out the contact me form on the Contact Tab if:
-you are a teacher and want help finding farmers.
-you are a farmer that would be willing to host Flat Aggie next year for a classroom.
Please let me know if you still have questions.  I will update the posts as I get questions to make these posts as educational as possible.

-A Kansas Farm Mom  


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