1-2-3 Come Chase The Gingerbread With Me!
I LOVED designing this gingerbread writing and activity packet and am so excited to share it with you. I hope you have oodles of fun with your kiddo's doing these fun-filled activities.
Before hand, put up the wanted posters in your room.
I've included 3, and think the one with the mustache is a hoot.
Run off the masters and put the notes, signs and clues in a variety of places in your school: cafeteria, library, office, gym etc. Get your principal, secretary, cafeteria staff etc. in on your adventure and give them a clue card.
After reading the story, tell your students that you are going on an adventure looking for the gingerbread man and to be on the lookout for clues of his where abouts.
Before hand, fill out the clue cards using plenty of spatial directions. You may even want your kiddo's to count steps as they go, to get in some math practice.
These also come in black and white, but you may want to print everything in color, laminate, and then save for future years.
As you arrive at the various destinations have adults say something like: "Oh no! You just missed him, but he left this clue!" or "I think I spotted him over by that shelf." (A clue card is on the shelf.)
After you make the rounds, return to your classroom to find a note on your door that the gingerbread man had been there. While you are gone, have a helper set up gingerbread or cookie treats for your kiddo's snack, and read the note(s) that he left.
You may want to do the "Take a bite" graphing activity that I posted yesterday.
I've also included a class book where students can write a page of the adventure. There are templates for students to do this separately or in groups.
They can draw pictures or take a photograph. There's also a graphic organizer where students name their gingerbread man and describe him. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread On The Loose Writing and Activity packet.
Later today side note: Woo hoo! I was surfing the net looking to see if anyone else did a gingerbread hunt and found a 1st-grade teacher (Jodi) who does this on the first day of school. She made adorable rhyming clue cards. Click on the link to get her darling FREEBIE. (Fun In First.)
If you did the graphing activity, another fun transition would be to play a quick game of Pieces & Parts. Children color their gingerbread and then cut on the lines to make 6 puzzle pieces.
Students pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice. Whatever number they roll they glue that piece on their template. The 1st one done is the winner. Click on the link to view/download the Pieces and Parts Gingerbread Puzzle.
Finally, another follow-up writing prompt I call "You're The Man!" Your students pretend to become the gingerbread man.
Where are they going? Why are they running? What people/things are they running past? What finally happened to them? I've included a fill-in-the-blank template for girls as well as boys to write on.
Encourage students to do a little research about their destination and include plenty of description in their sentences. Have kiddo's underline adjectives when they do their rough draft, so they know if they have enough.
I filled in a sample to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
After students share their page, collect, collate and make them into a class book. Click on the link to view/download the You're The Man! Gingerbread Writing Prompt craftivity.
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"E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gingerbread Husbands: Gingerbread cakes fashioned like men and gilt, commonly sold at fairs up to the middle of the nineteenth century."