Grade: Elementary

#3551. Flat Stanley Guided Reading

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Sun Nov 6 12:22:15 PST 2005 by Melissa Adams (
Lewisburg, PA
Materials Required: Flat Stanley book, comprehension questions, pencil

Melissa Adams
Second Grade Guided Reading Lesson

Students will be able to relate events from the book with activities in their own lives. They will learn vocabulary words, and increase their writing skills.

II.PA Second Grade Standards:

2.1.1. B Preview the text formats
2.1.1. C During reading use knowledge of phonics, word analysis,picture and context clues to decode and understand new words.
2.1.1. H Demonstrate comprehension by answering questions regarding the text; self-correct mistakes
2.1.3 B Identify literary elements in stories describing characters,setting, problem, and solution.
2.1.4. A Write fictional and nonfictional pieces which include: basic descriptions of people, places, and things.
2.1.5. C. Write with a recognizable organization beginning, middle, and end.
2.1.6. Listen to others and ask questions. Listen to a selection and relate it to similar experiences.

Book Flat Stanley by: Jeff Brown, paper, comprehension questions, pencils

IV. Lesson:
1. Introduce the book Flat Stanley. Before reading the book, take a picture walk through it, and discuss what the children think this book will be about. Also discuss the author, illustrator, and other components of the text.
2. Begin reading the text in the guided reading group. Have the children in the group take turns reading page by page. They should be using context clues, pictures, and other reading strategies to pronounce unknown words in the text.
3. While reading ask comprehension questions about the text. When something happens to Flat Stanley, see if any of the children can relate to what he is going through in the book. For example, have any of them ever made their brother or sister angry and then try to make them feel better by doing something for them.
4. When a new character is introduced have the students write down who it is and how they relate to the main character. Keep a list of the characters in the book. Have them also keep track of the different places that Stanley, his brother, and family go. At the end of the book, see which character each child can relate to best.
5. If reading the book in chapters, give comprehension questions after each reading, or after every other reading, to ensure that they are understanding what is happening in the text.
6. At the end of the book, have the children write the next couple chapters. Where does Stanley go next? What happens to Stanley at this place? Is anyone else there with him on this adventure?
7. During the last guided reading with this book, have the children read the chapters they wrote for Stanley with one another. The children can ask questions about each of Stanley's new adventures.
8. Rate the book together. Talk about who liked it, who did not like it, and if they would recommend it to a friend. Have them explain their favorite and least favorite part of the book.

V. Extensions:
1. Have Stanley go on a real adventure. Each child will make a picture of Stanley and send it somewhere. It could be to a family member, a friend who lives far away or close, or even to a store. The children should send a letter along with Stanley asking the person who received him, to write a letter about his time there.
2. The children will write a persuasive letter to a friend about reading Flat Stanley. They must try to convince the person to whom they are writing that this is a good book and they should read it.
3. Compare one event that happened to Stanley in the book with one event in their lives. How are they the same, and how are they different?

VI. Evaluation:

Students will successfully write the next adventure for Stanley. They will have the correct punctuation and priority word spellings. They will be able to share this writing with the rest of their group. Also, they will successfully complete the different sets of comprehension questions. Lastly, they will read using the strategies taught to them.