Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gingerbread Man!!

We had a FUN first week of December!! I can't believe it is already December! This year is flying by! We had a blast with our Gingerbread Man (and GIRL!) Unit this week! We did lots of activities in math, literacy, and writing with 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'The Gingerbread Girl'. 

Check out our fun week!
We searched the entire room for gingerbread men and wrote the CVC word that was on the gingerbread men's stomach!


We started addition this week! We acted out stories using gingerbread men and girls and wrote the sum.

Then, we talked about the + and = signs. We acted out more stories and wrote an addition equation to go with it.

We acted out our own stories and wrote addition equations!

We read 'The Gingerbread Man' by Jim Aylesworth.

We sequenced the story.

Then, we sequenced the story on our own!

We reviewed what we learned about addition from yesterday.

Then, we learned a new addition strategy today, by making dots to find the sum.

We practiced writing addition equations and using dots as our strategy.

We wrote about the ending of 'The Gingerbread Man'.

We read the cute story 'The Gingerbread Girl' by 'Lisa Campbell Ernst'.

We sequenced 'The Gingerbread Girl'.

We wrote about the different parts of the stories on our comparing anchor chart. 

We took a bite of our gingerbread cookie and graphed which part we bit first!

Then, we recorded our data!

We started the day working on our new addition strategy from yesterday.

We made Gingerbread Glyphs!

We wrote about our glyphs.

We learned about addition vocabulary today and did an addition book all about gingerbread men and girls.

We wrote about the end of 'The Gingerbread Girl'.

We compared the stories to each other and highlighted the parts that were the same from both stories.

We completed a Venn Diagram comparing the characters from both stories.

We did a fun addition mini reader. I planned on doing this with them, but my kiddos insisted they knew exactly what to do and I was blown away! They have picked up addition quick!

We wrote about our favorite story.

Then we made a cover to go with the writing for the story endings and our favorite story.

We began making a writing organizer for our very own version of 'The Gingerbread Man' or 'Gingerbread Girl'.

They were so creative! I absolutely LOVED reading their ideas! I was cracking up at a lot of the characters they chose for their own stories. 


We started the day with some addition practice.

We made our very own addition stories on "cookie sheets"!

We wrote about our addition stories.

We played a fun addition game with dice where they had to color the sum of the 2 dice.

They used their writing organizer to write their very own gingerbread man or girl story! I am one very very very proud teacher! They turned out better than I ever imagined. They were sooo proud of themselves too! 


(Middle: Characters who chased them)


[I must share this! I was blown away from one of my kiddos ending: 'I ran from Ms. Pike (our principal) and a helicopter pick me up and it tricked Ms. Pike]

We made gingerbread men and girls for the cover of our book!

We placed them inside an oven!

They wrote the title of their stories and I stapled the pages behind the oven to make their books. We celebrated becoming authors and illustrators! 

Click HERE or the pictures below if you would like to do this Gingerbread Man Unit in your class! Enjoy!


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