Writing With Flat Frederick

In this class, students will make a no-sew Flat Frederick and keep a journal about their adventures together!
Bonnie Schweinsberg
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30 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 2 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Class Experience

Students will have fun creating a froggy friend made of felt OR paper and demonstrate the ability to follow directions.  Students will use creativity to plan activities for Flat Frederick and practice expository writing as they record six to seven daily events in their journals.  
As a first grade teacher, I used this writing prompt idea with my students. Our "classroom pet" was a rubber frog named Frederick. On the weekends, learners took him home for an adventure, and then wrote and illustrated about their activities. This technique was very successful, because the students were excited about spending time with our pretend pet and friend.  They were motivated to write about their adventures, and they were happy to read their stories to the class!
As learners participate in family holidays, activities, play outside, play inside, watch TV, etc. they will bring their new friend along.  Each day learners will write and illustrate at least one sentence about their adventures with Flat Frederick. Students can take photographs to share as well.
Journal pages and *cover provided to print and staple 
*Frog pattern and written directions provided to print on card stock or paper
- Materials List for FELT frog -
fabric pencil, pen or sharpie marker to trace frog pattern
1 piece of green felt (9" x 12") 
1 small scrap of red or pink felt for mouth
2 googly eyes (0.5" size) or anything else you want to use as eyes
Aleene's Tacky Glue or other fabric glue
fabric scissors or pinking shears 
(optional) straight pins or tape to hold pattern still 
crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color journal cover 

- Materials List for PAPER frog -
Pattern uploaded to print on colored paper OR white paper for student to color
2 googly eyes (0.5" size) or eyes can be drawn in
Elmer's or other school glue
crayons, markers, or colored pencils to color journal cover and frog

*Please do not share copies of my frog pattern design or my journal cover without my written permission.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Observations, questioning, and discussion
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Learners should be able to use scissors safely to cut felt or paper, depending on which they choose to use. In addition, students should know how to hold the pattern steadily while tracing. Parents may want to be near during the lesson to help, or you may want to trace and cut ahead of time.  Note:  If your learner chooses to make Flat Frederick out of paper, they will not need to trace anything.  


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About Me

    Hi Kids!  My name is Mrs. Schweinsberg.  That's a long name, so call me Ms. Bonnie if you like. I am so happy to meet you!  My favorite subjects are READING and WRITING, but I love learning and teaching about all different subjects.  The... 
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