As you read your Gingerbread stories, give students an opportunity to make their own story elements chart for the following stories: The Gingerbread Pirates, The Gingerbread Bear, The Gingerbread Girl, The Gingerbread Boy, The Gingerbread Girl, and The Gingerbread Baby. The sections included are: characters, setting, ending, and repeated phrases.
Give each student a half size sheet of chart paper (or large piece of white construction paper) and a zip lock bag with the story element titles (Gingerbread Story Elements, characters, setting, ending, repeated phrases) and book cover pages (6 different Gingerbread story books) inside. Students made the chart and then filled in the sections as we read through each story. This activity can work for any elementary grade level and can be easily differentiated. Depending on the amount of support you want to provide your students, you can add to or exclude any of the different sections. For example, for kindergarten, it may be appropriate to take out “repeated phrases” or have them draw instead of write. Lots of ways to make this work ☺!!
Common Core Standards for K, 1, and 2:
RL. K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL 1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
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.