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Flat Stanley Goes to Work


Career Development and Occupational Studies

Grade Levels

Elementary, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade


Students are evaluated on basis of classroom participation and graphs.


Connie Czerwinski and Claudia Germain, South Colonie Central School


30 minutes


Students will increase their awareness of the types of jobs available to them in the future and the skills necessary to perform them.

Take Flat Stanley to work and watch your students anxiously await his arrival. Read his journal to learn what Stanley made, whom he met, and what tasks he completed.

  • Teacher reads Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown to the class, and they discuss what it would be like to be flat.
  • Teacher introduces the activity in which Flat Stanley or Flat Sally will be sent to work with different students' parents throughout the year.
  • Teacher sends home a letter asking parents to take Flat Stanley to work with them and keep a journal of their entire workday (skills used, meetings, schedules, and appointments). Parents are also asked to complete an information worksheet regarding their current jobs (title, education, skills, preparatory jobs, special skills, childhood hobbies).
  • Students draw work clothes on Flat Stanley that are like parents' work clothes.
  • Students take Flat Stanley home for their parents to take to work along with the information worksheet.
  • As Flat Stanley returns to school, the students or teacher reads the journal and comment on the worksheet.
  • Class creates a bulletin board that illustrates where Flat Stanley has been, the types of jobs he observed, and the skills he saw being used.
  • Students create graphs of similar and different skills needed for various jobs.
  • Teacher sends Flat Stanley off to another work site.


  • Paper copies of Flat Stanley and Flat Sally
  • Crayons, markers
  • Information worksheets for parents


  • This activity can be scheduled to take place within one week (when all students take Flat Stanley/Sally home at the same time) instead of throughout the year.
  • Project works well with support from school librarian or media specialist.


Czerwinski, Connie & Claudia Germain. “Flat Stanley Goes to Work.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 65.

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