Gingerbread Man Journals! Explore Story Elements : Characters , Setting , etc

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Howywood Kindergarten
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PreK - 2nd
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The perfect resource to go along with my read alouds during Gingerbread Week. I like how the kids didn't have to fill in everything on their own, just bits and pieces. That has been really helpful!
My Kids LOVED this!! It made reading all the gingerbread stories so much more fun and easier to compare.
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Run, run as fast as you can to grab these awesome gingerbread journals your class will LOVE! ❤️

These are a beautiful, organized way for you class to explore the story elements of several favorite versions of this classic fairy tale. I intentionally created it to be meaningful, but not take up tons of time for younger writers (for example, kids fill in the blanks on some parts instead of writing the entire thing).

All of this has been created for, tested, and loved in my real-life Kindergarten classroom.

Other happy teachers have said:

❤️"My 1st graders LOVED this! They couldn't wait each day to do the next story!"

❤️"This is going to be a great way for my kids to keep track of and respond to each book we read about gingerbread during our unit coming up. I think it will be a great keepsake at the end for them to take home, too! Thank you!"

There are pages for 10 different story variations included so you are free to do them all OR choose your favorites... I like to do the first 4 listed here (and then read their sequels in the afternoon for extra fun!) and choose one more favorite to write about for a grand total of 5... one per day for the school week. Feel free to use them ALL or just choose your favorites:

⭐The Gingerbread Man (traditional)

⭐The Gingerbread Girl

⭐The Gingerbread Baby

⭐The Gingerbread Man: Loose in the School

⭐The Gingerbread Boy

⭐The Gingerbread Cowboy

⭐The Library Gingerbread Man

⭐The Stinky Cheese Man

⭐The Gingerbread Pirates

⭐The Gingerbread Bear

HINT: If you are having trouble finding any of these books in your library, I’ve definitely seen videos of them all being read aloud on YouTube so they’d be easy to search for in a pinch. ☺

Once you’ve come up with your plan, make copies of the journals for the kids with the pages you want. I always run them double sided to save paper. We do a page a day. I keep them safe all week long and then let kids bring them home on Friday.

On each page, you’ll find:

OPINION: a spot for kids to give their opinion of the book and rank it with 1-4 stars

FUN FACTS: a little checklist of common gingerbread story traits (Did it have a repeated phrase?, Was there a chase? A fox?, etc.)

REPEATED PHRASES: voice balloons where students get to fill in the missing words from the repeated phrases. It's fun to compare and contrast these across the different books.

CHARACTERS: a list of characters with a few more blanks to complete

SETTING: space for kids to fill in the setting

PROBLEM/ PLOT: a description of this is pre-written for kids to save time

SOLUTION: a space to say if it had a happy or sad ending and describe what happened

Thanks for looking! Please check out the preview for a closer look at all the fun details on each page.

Made with ❤️ from Kate at HOWYWOOD Kindergarten

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.


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