I am a HUGE fan of gingerbread books because they are so versatile and bring TONS of fun to your classroom! You can use gingerbread stories as an alternative to Christmas/ Santa/Elf. The academic skills and activities are endless! I usually spend 2 or more weeks using gingerbread classroom theme. One year we spent an entire month using these books because of the student interest! I love to do a classroom flip where I decorate my classroom door and turn my classroom into a “Gingerbread House”. My gingerbread unit consists of literacy and math centers, dramatic play, crafts and STEAM lessons. I hit academic standards using the gingerbread books. We usually end the unit by inviting our “reading buddies” to help build gingerbread houses! It’s a great time to focus on fine motor skills, use our 5 senses, following step by step directions, practicing listening skills, and working on team building skills.
There are ton of variations of gingerbread stories so comparing and contrasting is a common skill used. However, there are so many more skills you can cover. I compiled a list of skills I usually touch on during my gingerbread unit:
- Author/ Illustrator (picture above)
- Rhyming (Identifying rhyming pairs in the book)
- Characters (making and using puppets – I have the students use these puppets in my Puppet literacy center. Students can retell the different stories using the puppets)
- Character Traits
- Features of print (reading left to right, words with spaces, etc)
- Making Predictions
- Moral of the story
- Point of view
- Retelling with key details
- Sequencing of Events
- Story map to review characters, setting, and plot.
- Vocabulary development
Writing Prompts & Grammar Skills
- Adjectives (describing the various gingerbread characters and tasting gingerbread cookies)
- Labeling gingerbread
- Gingerbread Can, Have, Are
- How to catch gingerbread writing prompt
- Where do you bite the cookie? prompt
- Lost/Reward Poster
- How to make a Gingerbread house/cookie
- Which gingerbread book is your favorite?
- 5 senses
- STEAM – building a bridge or raft to help the gingerbread to safety
- Ten Frame
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These gingerbread books are sure to be a HUGE hit in your classroom.
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Now for the hard part… Which book will you read first?