With December in full swing, you may be getting ready to start a unit on everyone’s favorite mischievous cookie—The Gingerbread Man! You can use this fun story to create meaningful lessons in the kindergarten classroom. Students love learning about all things gingerbread, so I try to include plenty of activities and read alouds so that they can explore these fun stories and characters. Here are some of my favorite gingerbread activities for kindergarten!
Different Read Alouds
To kick off any gingerbread unit, I like to share a variety of gingerbread read alouds with my students. Of course, they love the traditional gingerbread story where The Gingerbread Man tricks all of the different characters—until it comes to the sly fox. I have also found that there are other gingerbread stories that students love just as much! Stories like Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst and Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett end differently than the traditional story, and I love surprising my students with the unexpected endings!
After reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man, I also love bringing gingerbread activities into our reading comprehension lessons. Students can practice skills like retelling by acting out the story with classmates. They can also sequence the classic story by putting pictures in the correct order.
Another reading comprehension skill that students can practice through gingerbread activities is comparing. Students love pointing out the differences between the traditional story of The Gingerbread Man and the other variations that we read together! Because there are so many great gingerbread read alouds, it is always so easy to practice different reading comprehension skills within a gingerbread unit!
During a gingerbread unit, I also try to include gingerbread centers. It seems that students engage more with centers if they have a theme that students are interested in, and believe me, after those read alouds, students will be interested in The Gingerbread Man!
In a writing center, students can label the parts of a gingerbread man or write about where they would go if they were a gingerbread man. In math centers, students can do fun activities like count gumdrops on task cards. There are even ways you can integrate gingerbread activities into your literacy centers. For example, students can practice matching uppercase and lowercase letters printed on gingerbread cookies. Students love these types of centers because they include one of their new favorite characters!
Writing and STEM
After learning so much about gingerbread characters, it is easy to integrate gingerbread activities into your writing block. One of my favorite prompts is to have students write about how they would catch a gingerbread man that was on the run. Students always have some funny and creative ideas!
You can even take this a step further and turn it into a STEM project. Students can build a bridge for a gingerbread man using provided materials. It is always fun to see what students come up with using their creativity and problem-solving skills!
You can cover so many concepts in a gingerbread unit. Reading, writing, centers, and even STEM topics all fit well with The Gingerbread Man. Even better, my students and I both enjoy these activities and read alouds!