Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Gingerbread Man

December is a great month for the story The Gingerbread Man.  I mean, what child doesn't love candy, cookies and sweets??? Now that's how you grab their attention!! So as soon as I got back from our Thanksgiving vacation, I broke out the Gingerbread books and we had a blast.

There are so many versions of The Gingerbread Man, it's hard to pick! Unfortunately there just isn't enough time to read all of them so I chose my favorites.  We like to read one each day and then we make a comparison chart.

I always begin with the traditional tale of The Gingerbread Man and then follow with The Gingerbread Girl and The Gingerbread Baby. I usually like to do some activities with gingerbread houses too but had a hard time finding a Christmas tale about these yummy treats.....until this year!! I took to google and did a search and found the cutest book called Gingerbread Mouse about a little mouse in search of shelter who finds a perfect little gingerbread house to call home. SCORE! 

We've been learning all about story elements and how they help us in our comprehension so we compared each book and talked about characters, setting and plot. 

We wrote letters to the Gingerbread Man / Gingerbread Girl and tried to talk them out of running away! We also made our own gingerbread kids.  Aren't the adorable?? The only pattern that my firsties had was the actual gingerbread.  Then they went to town creating their own gingerbread people.  No patterns needed when they come up with such awesome creations on their own!

After reading Gingerbread Mouse, we made a large gingerbread house and we covered it with adjectives that would describe our house.

Next it was time for the students to make their own gingerbread house with some tasty descriptions! Again, no patterns for these houses and I think they look delish!


And of course, we couldn't do a mini unit on gingerbread without making some REAL  candy houses!! We used milk cartons as our base and frosting as our "glue".  We covered them with graham crackers and candies.  What a fun way to end the week!!

We also incorporated some math into our week with these fun gingerbread games! We practiced our addition, measurement and some graphing.  

Need some more gingerbread inspiration? Check out what we did after reading The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.  We adopted gingerbread babies of our own! So fun!