About This Packet
This packet contains reading, writing, and math activities for the following Gingerbread Man books listed:
The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
The Gingerbread Man Pictures by Karen Schmidt
The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
What reading activities are included?
Each book has two differentiated pages where students can record the different characters and setting of each book. Each page also includes the refrain from each story typed so students can practice reading it and highlighting key words and phrases. I've also made retelling strips for each story that contains pictures from the book. Students can use a piece of paper or their journals to paste the pictures in order. For more of a challenge, students can paste the picture and write about each one.
What writing activities are included?
In this packet, there are several pages that can help you inspire and encourage students to come up with their own Gingerbread Man stories. My students in the past have written stories like "The Gingerbread Mermaid" or "The Gingerbread Ninja." I've included a list of ideas for your students, differentiated brainstorming sheets for your students to map their ideas, and a story map that will help students put their story in order before writing. I've also included lined and handwriting lined pages for their final drafts.
What else is included in this packet?
Just for fun:
A Gingerbread Man Loose in the School Scavenger Hunt (all clues are included- easy prep)
A Map for Students to "map their first bite"
Graph for the first bite
When/ How can I use this packet?
This packet is great for the month of December. It can be used in SO MANY ways! I like to spend a week on the different versions of the Gingerbread Man. I'll read a new book each day and together with the students, we will compare the different stories. After we read, students will begin writing their own version of the stories. The activities that go along with the story are also easy for students to use in a listening center. This packet can give your listening center PURPOSE :) If your grade level ever does a Gingerbread Man Day or Christmas Rotations, this would be a great packet to purchase for that!
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