This project helps students learn the true impact of kindness and its implications for societal change. Following the format of the “Flat Stanley” project, students write letters to family members and/or friends asking how they Walk The Talk in their life. They also send along a colored print-out of our school mascot, “Flat Tiger.” The goal of this project is to have Flat Tiger travel all over the country and report back to us on how other children and their families “Walk the Talk.” Recipients of the letters also are requested to take a picture demonstrating how they “Walk the Talk” (being sure to include Flat Tiger in the photo!) Information is then shared with all classmates and displayed on a school-wide bulletin board.
Students will learn vocabulary words, and increase their writing skills.
Students will write fiction and nonfiction pieces which include: basic descriptions of people, places, and things.
Students will write pieces with a recognizable organization beginning, middle, and end.
Students will learn how character education principles are implemented by family members and friends and see the greater impact that “kindness” can have in the world around them.
Envelopes and stamps
A copy of your school mascot colored in by the students
Read stories and/or articles that emphasize these principles and demonstrate how they are “put to practice” in the community and world.
Introduce letter writing and concept of sending “Flat Tiger” to find out all the good that is going on in the world.
Provide suggested letter template for students to follow (if necessary)
Using the friendly letter format, write letters.
Have students address envelopes and place stamps on them.
Walk to a mailbox and mail them!
Once responses are received, share them with the class and display on a school-wide bulletin board.
Extensions and Adaptations
Letters can be customized to fit each school’s individual “character.”
Older students may help the younger students write their letters.
Technology can be utilized to e-mail letters to recipients.
Received letters can be shared with local community organizations.