Whether it's Christmas time or not, after reading "The Gingerbread Man" or "The Gingerbread Baby", everyone wants to decorate a gingerbread house of their own! Cover some curriculum objectives with money (coins) and writing with this engaging lesson.
Objective: Students will recognize the value or coins and represent a particular value using coins while “buying” items to decorate a gingerbread house.
Objective: Students will brainstorm ideas, including main story features, to tell a story about the family who lives in their gingerbread house. (optional)
Part 1: Coins & Money
Students receive a gingerbread house, a sheet of money, a sheet of candy, and a receipt like recording sheet. Students select the candies they want to use to decorate their gingerbread house. As they count each type of candy, they cut and glue the amount of money necessary to pay for that candy onto the receipt like recording sheet. Students can then color and decorate their house using the candies they have selected. A challenge question, asking students to figure out the total value of their house, is included.
Part 2: Writing
Students use the brainstorming sheet to create their own imaginary story about the gingerbread people who live (or work, or play) in their gingerbread structure. Students may be encouraged to think of the structure as something other than a house…a school, a store, or a community building of some sort maybe? After brainstorming, students write a paragraph telling the story of their gingerbread house.
Coin Clipart By: Sallie Borrink @ Discovering and Doing What Works