The holiday season is the perfect time to bring thematic activities into your classroom and what better topic than the fun of gingerbread?!
Hi Everyone! It's Erin from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom back for another guest post! I love using special mini-units to get my students excited and energized about learning and this is a personal favorite! There are SO many options for fun activities and, unlike with Christmas celebrations, there are no religious issues to worry about.
All children love to listen to stories, and gingerbread stories are some of the best around at this time of the year! There are dozens of possibilities, from traditional Gingerbread Boy stories to "fractured" twists on these stories and completely unique versions. Here are some of my personal favorites:
If you're adventurous, baking your own gingerbread is an exciting experience for students. Since the dough needs to be chilled for several hours before cutting and baking you will need to either prepare your goodies over several class periods, or simply pre-mix and chill the dough and have students just help with the rolling, cutting and baking.
Of course you can also purchase a ready-to-go gingerbread kit and get right to the fun part - DECORATING!! There are SO many to choose from!!
Each year, my students get the opportunity to put themselves in the Gingerbread Man's shoes (so to speak) in my "You'll Never Catch Me" Persuasive Writing and Art package.
After reading some of the gingerbread boy stories I've already shared with you, we spend some time on story comparison and pre-writing activities before beginning a writing project that puts the students in the role of Gingerbread Boy or Girl. They absolutely love creating outrageous letters to their would-be captors, and also have the opportunity to decorate a character of their own.
Take a peek at some of last year's final products:
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I hope you've found some inspiration in this post! I'd love to hear about the gingerbread activities you use in your classroom. Leave me a message below, or visit me at my blog, Mrs. Beattie's Classroom!