December 4, 2013

Run, Run, as Fast as You Can!

Calling all gingerbread fans!
This post includes FOOD! If I don't have your attention now...then you must not be a theme crazed teacher or a total foodie like me. This week we are going ALL out with the goodness of gingerbread.
This is what Friday is pretty much going to look like!
After we've finished our week, we end it by decorating and eating cookies of course!
Sometimes the ending is the best part. But let's back up and I'll tell ya  how our week's planned out.
Each day we read a different version of the Gingerbread Man.
On the first day, we read the original and complete this reader's response.  
Here is the outside of the house and on the inside we completed a story map: character, setting, beginning/middle/end. 
A few of my other favorites are:
We use one of each of these pages to record our thinking after we read
These are from my Literacy Fun with Gingerbread unit.
It has much more than just reader response sheets and includes TONS of fun activities to do for a week long Gingerbread extravaganza!
After reading all the different versions, we compile all our schema into what I like to say is the biggest and best anchor chart of the should definitely win an award! Just sayin...
I L.O.V.E making this chart more than any other. Turns out so dang cute!  
My kiddos are *bonkers* for science this year so we reviewed matter and completed sweet Abby's FREE gingerbread science experiment!
What fun activities do you do with gingerbread?
{The first 2 people to leave a comment answering the question will WIN my Literacy Fun with Gingerbread unit!!!}


  1. We make gingerbread cookies!

  2. We are making ornaments and a giant cookie tomorrow and my class is so excited!
    I love your huge chart!

  3. So cute!

  4. Hi Lindsay,
    I didn't make the first 2 to comment....but that's okay because LATE last night I got it ordered with the cyber coupon! YIPPEE! I'm working late tonight (oh's 6:00 p,m!!!) and I printed it and am getting it all ready to go next week! ;0) Such a cute one! My Reading class is ability grouped and we use the a_e/o_e etc EVERY DAY ! PERFECT!
    I love gingerbread cookies so will end my next week just like you! Thanks for creating such an adorable one!
    Enjoy your Friday!

  5. Oh I'm so sad I didn't make it in time! Oh well, here is a comment anyway :)
    I don't currently do a gingerbread unit so this seems great! Maybe I'll plan for for next year!
    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
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  6. I just purchased your gingerbread unit. I was thinking the house was included. Do you know where I could get the folded house project?

    1. Jeanne, do you have an email where I can contact you at. I tried emailing through your comment but you are a no-reply blogger.


    2. my email is

  7. Thank you so much for the packet Lindsay!! I will be using the compare/contrast page today:)
    I am excited to try the noun/verb sort as a whole group activity since I teach Kindergarten.
    Happy Holidays,

  8. I was also wondering where I could get the folding ginger bread house. We are reading different versions of the Gingerbread Man next week and we are practicing retelling so it would be perfect.