First and foremost I want to explain what these lessons are all about. Gingerbread Men are truly the most beloved little guys in my teaching world. Teachers simply argue over “who” gets to teach about them. For the life of me I could never figure out why. They are cute and all but what is the educational value? So my adventure began right there…seeking the value. What I found was astonishing. Gingerbread has a history, the fairy tale has a history, and combined with economics this is an incredible unit of study.
I have broken these lessons down to the following:
• The History of Gingerbread
• The History of the Gingerbread Man
• Economics and the Gingerbread Man
• Gingerbread Man Day
Activities will include researching via informational text, baking a variety of different gingerbreads from different time periods and locations around the world, reading historical and modern versions of The Gingerbread Man, and then taking an economic journey with the Gingerbread Man in your community.
Websites are linked to all informational texts, recipes, and the historical versions of The Gingerbread Man. The Economics lessons with the Gingerbread Man are my adaptation from the many websites and thoughts I ran across on the Internet. In all areas I am confident you will be able to incorporate any activities and lessons you currently do with this unit already.
As always, my goal is to provide those pieces we simply don’t have time to search out and link up. Yes, the goal is to work smarter, not harder.
1. A Brief History of Gingerbread, Informational Text
2. The History of Gingerbread, Informational Text
3. Gingerbread Game Board Instructions and Rubric
4. The History of Gingerbread Men
5. More History of the Gingerbread Man, Informational Text and Fairy Tales
6. Lesson Ideas
1. Interactive White Board (not required, but a great tool if you have one)
2. A variety of board games
3. Writer’s Notebooks for note-taking
4. Gingerbread Man picture books (a variety)
5. Ingredients for making gingerbread recipes
6. Polymer (Filo) Clay (various colors)