This comparative book study was created to accompany the books The Gingerbread Man
as retold by Karen Lee Schmidt and Gingerbread Baby
by Jan Brett. (If you do not own Schmidt's version of the tale, any traditional retelling should fit well with the activities included.) All the activities are designed to help students read for understanding, compare and contrast, and think critically about the texts.
The following activities are included:
• Story Maps:
Students will determine the characters, setting, problem, and solution in each story. This could be completed as a whole group activity, as a literacy center, independently, or as partner work.
• Summary Sheets:
Students will demonstrate understanding of key ideas and details as they summarize The Gingerbread Man
and Gingerbread Baby
. A blank summary organizer is also included for use with additional texts.
• Comprehension Strips:
Comprehension strips allow students to practice close reading as they return to the text to find key information and answer specific questions. They are a fun alternative to a traditional question and answer worksheet and can be used as an individual or partner literacy center, or as a whole class activity when displayed under a document camera. Twelve comprehension strips for Gingerbread Baby
and recording sheets are included.
• Character Trait Graphic Organizers and Writing Prompts:
Students will create bubble maps listing character traits for the Fox and the Gingerbread Man from The Gingerbread Man
and the Gingerbread Baby and Matti from Gingerbread Baby
. Optional writing prompts asking students to explain their choices with evidence from the text are also included.
• Venn Diagrams:
Students will compare and contrast the two stories using lined Venn Diagrams. The Venn Diagram can also be used for reference when students respond to the writing prompt comparing the two stories. A blank copy is provided for use with additional texts.
• Compare and Contrast Response Paper:
Students will respond to a writing prompt comparing and contrasting The Gingerbread Man
and Gingerbread Baby
. A blank prompt is provided for use with additional texts.
• Gingerbread Roll and Spell:
These dice games can be used with any word list or word wall and are perfect for literacy center use.
• Gingerbread Verb Tenses:
A verb tense circle, cut, and paste activity inspired by the books The Gingerbread Man
and Gingerbread Baby
*Multiple recording sheet options are provided for each activity. Choose those that nest fit the needs of your students.
**This product was updated on 12/9/15. If you own it, please download the latest version!
This resource is also included in my Comparing Folktales and Fractured Folktales Bundle
and my Jan Brett Author Study Mega Bundle
See all my book study resources here
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 1
*RL.1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
*RL.1.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
*RL.1.3: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
*RL.1.7: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
*RL.1.9: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
*RF.1.3g: Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 2
*RL..2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
*L.2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folk tales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
*RL.2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
*L.2.1d: Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).
*L.2.2d: Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage -> badge; boy -> boil).
*RF.2.3f: Recognize and read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words.
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 3
*RL.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
*RL.3.2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
*RL.3.9: Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
*L.3.1e: Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.
*RF.3.3d: Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Please note that texts are not included.
Looking for other gingerbread-themed products? Check out Three Consonant Ending Blends (tch and nch)
and Gingerbread Sums: A Two-Digit Addition Math Center for the Common Core
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Amanda Taylor @ Second Grade Smiles