Friday, December 4, 2015

Gingerbread Activities

During the month of December we did lots of gingerbread activities.  We started the theme off by reading different versions of gingerbread books.  We read:
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
The Gingerbread Loose in the School by Laura Murray
Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun
Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
Keep Running Gingerbread Man by Steve Smallman
Each day we read a different version of the book. Then we summarized it. Every day after we read our new book and summarized it, we reviewed the summaries of the previous books. After we had read all the books each student came up to me (privately as to not change any student's mind!) and told me their vote. Then we met as a group and each student came up and put their gingerbread girl/boy (graphics by Krista Wallden of Creative Clips) over their favorite version. There was lots and lots of cheering as the books battled for first place! As we put them on we counted how many were in each column, compared more and less, introduced the word "tie", talked about how many more this one had than that one, etc. The graph is drawn on a Dollar Tree tablecloth.
One of the other gingerbread activities we did was to decorate our loft as a gingerbread house.  This is one of the first pictures, but we added "icing" to the window and lots and lots of other decorations, too.  I didn't get a picture of the final product!  (silly me!)
We finished up our Gingerbread theme with a Gingerbread Man Hunt!

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