Oh, no! The Gingerbread Man has gone missing! Where can we find him?
For years, I have used the story “The Gingerbread Man” during the first few days of school as I acclimate my Kinders to their new
surroundings. I teach in a Title 1 school, so for many of my students it is their first time in an ”educational” setting. In this unit, I have outlined all the activities that I use tointroduce our school (personnel and places) during our first days on campus. I have
extended it into a great introduction to our “Alphabet Study”! So the Gingerbread Man can now be extended into our centers and some
other full group games for the ABC’s and the just “Getting to Know Each Other” phase of our new school year.
You will find 2 separate parts to this unit- The story/retelling/extentions/introduction to school part and the ABC part, weaving it together to make the whole “Gingerbread Experience”!
I will start with the contents of the intro/story/getting to know you part. Here is what you will find:
-an outline of activities/plans for the Story part of the unit (so you can see how the parts fit together!)
-a story of introduction of places to look in the school for the Gingerbread Man. It also includes some of the personnel names (like nurse, principal, art teacher, media specialist, etc.) that the children may not be familiar with. It also allows for a framework for discussion on names and job roles.
-signs for the doors in the school of places to look for the Gingerbread Man on your school tour/Gingerbread Man Hunt
-a separate book (optional) for you to create with photos of the “highlighted” people in your school, so the children can more easily learn their names and creating a framework for
discussion to review their role in the school.
-“Wanted” poster for the children to make to display what their missing Gingerbread Man looked like before he ran away
-“Get to Know You Quiz, Quiz, Trade” cards and directions for several ways to use them
-“Who Bit the Gingerbread Man” interactive song with cookies to label with names of your students (as a getting to learn each other’s name tool and later as a fun time filler or to use as spelling cards for children’s names on the word wall or in centers)
-story telling pieces in color and in black and white
Now, for the second part!
In the ABC’s section you will find:
-30 ABC playdough mats with response sheet and "I Can" poster
-Beginning sound center clip cards, answer sheet and “I Can..” directions poster (I also included a recipe for gingerbread playdough!)
-beginning sound picture to letter puzzle matching, student response sheet and “I Can…” directions poster
-“I Have, Who Has?” lowercase letters
-“I Have, Who Has?” uppercase letters
-“Quiz, Quiz, Trade” cards for uppercase, lowercase letters and beginning sounds (and directions for activity)
-5“Roll and Cover” game/sheets for beginning sound id, response sheet, and “I Can…” directions poster
-5 “Spin and Cover” Upper to lower case games, spinners, student response sheet and “I Can…” directions poster
-“Run, Run, as fast as You Can” pocket chart activity matching letter to beginning sound ( but don’t get eaten by the sly fox!!!),answer sheet (so it may be used in a center)
--letter sequencing cards, alphabet strips, letter cards for finishing the sequence and response sheet
-“Scoot” game with answer sheet and directions for playing (full group game)
--“Gingerheads” full group game and response sheet (with directions for playing this fun game!!!) for upper and lowercase letters
-“Gingerheads” full group game and response sheet (with directions for playing this fun game!!!) for beginning sound id
--2 different “Write the Room” activities with different response sheets (making the combinations for use very flexible and able to differentiate for student’s abilities)
-Letter sorting mats, letters to sort and answer sheet
--Roll, say, Keep boards, 2 different types of game cards (letters and beginning sounds) and response sheet
-Write and Wipe Alphabet Center card, response sheet and “I Can” poster
-Ending sound “Wheel” clip cards, response sheet and “I Can…” Poster
-19 different worksheets that include:
-beginning sound/letter matching
-Roll, Say, Color
-Roll, Say, Trace
-Spin and Color
-Upper/lowercase letter matching
It is common core aligned and covers these standards:
SL.K.1 I can participate conversations with my friends.
SL.K.4 I can describe things and events.
SL.K6 I can be understood when I speak in class.
LK.1 I can print my letters.
LK.2 I can write a letter for most consonant sounds.
RF.K.1 I can recognize and name all of my upper and lower case letters.
RF.K.2 I can isolate and pronounce beginning and ending sounds in CVC words
What an awesome way to introduce your Kiddos to school and ABC’s at the same time!