Flat Stanley Adventures in Classroom 2E #2 Riding the Slides

Flat Stanley Adventures in Classroom 2E #2 Riding the Slides
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September 12, 2023
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Beloved character Flat Stanley is back with a whole new set of friends in this brand-new STEM-focused chapter book series. In this second book, Stanley and his friends learn all about the scientific method, gravity, and friction through a heated contest on the playground!  
Ever since Stanley Lambchop was flattened by a bulletin board, each day brings new adventures!

According to Stanley’s second grade teacher, Ms. Root, everyone in classroom 2E is a scientist. That’s good news for Stanley because he has a problem in need of solving! Both his classmate, Josie, and his little brother, Arthur, think he’s been using his flatness to cheat during playground games. But Stanley can’t help being flat!

It’s time to test how flatness affects Stanley on the playground. Will science be on his side?

Featuring adorable black & white illustrations, an accessible approach to STEM topics, and a fun experiment in the backmatter for readers to try themselves. Don’t miss any of Flat Stanley’s classroom adventures!

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What I liked:
Children are naturally competitive and will jump at the chance to point out what they deem unfair. That happens when Stanley can fly to win a swing jumping contest. Soon, he is questioning his self-worth and whether or not his flatness is fair. When children ask something about themselves that is different but can't change, they struggle with being confident in their skin. Stanley's teacher takes this as a learning opportunity and takes their current subject, the scientific method, and uses it to help everyone understand gravity, friction, and how these things affect us. I appreciate the author using such a great example of slides so kids can do slide experiments once they read the book.
Final Verdict:
It is a fantastic chapter book that teaches children about the scientific method and that we are all scientists. Children learn by observing and mimicking what they see. In this second book, Flat Stanely and his class will use the scientific method to determine if, by being Flat Stanley in a way, they can cheat at competitions, or at least that is where they start. The teacher guides them through boiling their hypothesis to much smaller questions, making it easier to do experiments to determine a well-thought-out conclusion.
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