Monday, April 22, 2013

Introducing Flat Stouie!

As you may have guessed I am an animal lover, so when Nashville PITTIE asked me to create a project that would help reach students across the world and combine my love for dogs I jumped on it.

This year for reading in schools day, we had Stouie, a READing Paws therapy dog and NashvillePITTIE Ambassador dog, visit school. The students loved reading with him.

So we decided to create a "Flat Stouie" inspired by Flat Stanley. Students get a flat version of our pup Stouie that they can take with them on trips, introduce to their own furry friends, etc. They can also mail their Flat Stouie around the world. When someone receives him they will take a picture with him and then write back to the student sharing their adventures. This encourages to the student's to learn more about where they live, etc.
 I am so thrilled about this project. Here's how I am rolling it out:

Flat Stouie created by J.H. 4th grader
*All students in 4th grade will get a Flat Stouie packet to have this summer. The packet includes the Flat Stouie, letters, and a fun state fact sheet, and more to fill out. I picked 4th grade because it was one of my 4th grade students that designed the official "Summer Flat Stouie."

*I will give the parents that attend my last two parent workshops on encouraging summer reading and writing a free packet.

* The students that mail their Stouie, blog about it, write about it, etc. will get to attend a special party in August with the real Stouie. How will students show me they completed the project? Well they can:

 *write/upload a picture to his Facebook page:  
  *Instagram a picture #FlatStouie
  *Upload a picture to Twitter with the hashtag #FlatStouie
  *e-mail so we can blog about it
This project is great for encouraging reading, writing, critical thinking, math, geography, and more! I really want my students to research famous celebrities, politicians, and other owners of pits. Wouldn't it be amazing for someone like Kevin Bacon to have a picture of his pit with our flat pit. That's my dream. In fact I created a board of everyone I want to meet Flat Stouie:

If you are interested in having Stouie visit your school just email: and if you want to start your own project at school you can buy the entire 20 page packet on my Teachers Pay Teachers page here:
**Half of the proceeds will go to NashvillePITTIE and help us fund Stouie's trips to your school.

This summer we will be working on a book to go with the project so stay tuned. 

For those of you haven't heard of Flat Stanley read more here: Also when I looked him up on Pinterest the pins were endless.


  1. OMG I love this! This past year I actually did something similar with my technology classroom. I had FLAT FILLY (my puppy) and all the kids made their own cats and/or dogs :) Might have to use yours next time.

    1. How cute! You need to send us a Flat Filly so he can meet Flat Stouie. The kids did a great job with it and we started his own blog which has been fun: