This is an 18-page document with text from The Gingerbread Man story retold by Sandra Rogers. Only the teacher’s cover, borders, and student glossary page have clipart. Students are provided space to illustrate the story on each page to match the meaning of the activities described in the text. Twelve vocabulary words are boldface typed within the story with definitions provided on a glossary page. A vocabulary pretest is included, as well.
The end purpose is to have students read it to their parents or other students in the school. This was a popular activity I used in my first grade class during English language arts. Students were eager to learn the new words such as plump, almonds, and hay, so that they could accurately illustrate their self-made booklet. This would make an excellent literacy center independent project that they could work on for days.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS): This activity correlates to the following CCSS on Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
*Kindergartners: #5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
*Grade 1 Students: #5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
*Grade 2 Students: #5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. (Note: The text and drawings can serve as the storyboard for recordings.)
You can use this material in two different ways in the ELA or ESL class. For example, you can distribute the pages among your class and have the students illustrate the part of the story on their page. Then the teacher can compile them into a book for the class library for the students to read. On the other hand, you can use this activity as an individual assignment and have the students illustrate their very own booklet.
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