Gingerbread Man Unit for Kindergarten and First Grade

Stephanie Trapp
Grade Levels
K - 1st, Homeschool
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160 pages
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Run, run as fast as you can! You’ll learn so much from The Gingerbread Man! This week-long comprehensive unit for kindergarten and first grade includes detailed daily lesson plans with literature suggestions to make your job easier. It incorporates reading, writing, math, handwriting and art. It also includes two STEM activities and links to videos that complement the unit study.

Click on the PREVIEW to read each lesson plan, see the Week-at-a-Glance planning sheet, as well as examples of printables and art projects. 

Teacher Features You’ll Love:

  • Detailed daily lesson plans
  • Week-at-a-glance planning guide
  • Key concepts and objectives
  • Extensive literature list
  • Video links and QR codes 
  • Activity directions and printable templates
  • Dashed handwriting lines and plain line writing options

What’s Covered in the Unit?

Day 1: History of Gingerbread and Investigation

  • Gingerbread investigation
  • Class graph
  • Gingerbread opinion writing activity
  • Soft sound of G

Day 2: Elements of a Fairy Tale

  • Fairy tale finders activity
  • Act it out

Day 3: Fractured Gingerbread Tales

  • Difference detectives (compare & contrast two gingerbread stories)
  • A new gingerbread character activity

Day 4: Catch Me If You Can STEM

  • Catch a gingerbread man or build a bridge STEM activity
  • How to catch a gingerbread man writing craft

Day 5: Gingerbread Fun

  • Paper bag gingerbread house
  • Gingerbread ornaments
  • If a gingerbread man was loose in our school writing activity

Math Connections:

  • Ordering numbers least to greatest
  • Counting within 100
  • Place value: tens and ones
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Ten frames and making ten
  • Comparing numbers
  • Graphing
  • Measuring with nonstandard units
  • Word problems
  • Math center board game

Literacy Connections:

  • Gingerbread word wall
  • Beginning and ending letter sounds
  • Soft sound of G
  • Read and draw words with medial short u
  • Make words with letters in “Gingerbread”
  • -an word family
  • Sight word stories
  • Emergent reader
  • Story sequencing (beginning, middle, end)
  • Compound words
  • Action verbs
  • Gingerbread recipe writing
  • How to catch a gingerbread man writing
  • If I was a gingerbread boy/girl writing
  • If a gingerbread man was loose in our school writing
  • My gingerbread boy/girl writing

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Reindeer Unit for K-1

Gingerbread Writing Center

Christmas Writing Prompts

More K-1 Thematic Units

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Total Pages
160 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.


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