1-2-3 Count Gingerbread With Me!
"Run! Run; as fast as you can. Try and catch me! I'm the gingerbread man!"
In this sweet counting booklet, the gingerbread man is running past a number of Old Mac Donald's farm animals, as students count backwards from 10 to 0, making it a terrific booklet to practice "blasting off" counting.
This is also a fun way to review subtraction by taking away one and makes a nice independent math center.
Students are encouraged to make the animal sounds, the number of times that correspond to the matching number of animals that the gingerbread sees, which is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the word onomatopoeia to them.
You can finish up by reading the booklet as a whole group to reinforce concepts of print and then sing the song Old MacDonald as well.
Follow up your reading block by having your students crouch down and blast off to their seats to make one of the gingerbread manipulatives in the Arts and Activities packet. If you do use this booklet for your reading block, it works well for a Daily 5 activity too.
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