I LOVE gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses! I also LOVE the gingerbread stories! I remember when I was in school, we always heard the story of the gingerbread man. We all knew how it went, he ran and ran and no one could catch him until he met a clever fox or wolf. Then chomp! But when I started teaching, I discovered a whole world of adorable gingerbread stories. The students love them because they are able to make predictions about what will happen and usually they are surprised because each version is different. I always do lots of compare and contrast activities.
I can't wait to start my gingerbread unit this week! I will read some of my favorites- The Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends both by Jan Brett.
Here is a link to my unit I created-
After we work through our unit, I give each student a gingerbread cookie to decorate. I ask for parent volunteers to send in frosting, sprinkles, candies, etc. It's always a lot of fun!
I also found a cute idea on Craft Elf!
Or, you could have students use at a center- they could solve math facts on the notes, create spelling words while playing Boggle, or find different parts of speech in a book they are reading. The ideas are endless!
Have a great Monday!