An Old Woman and a Gingerbread Man

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading The Gingerbread Man

We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about.
  • went on a picture walk through the book.  We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • cololored the cover of our folder. Some kids wanted to add glitter to the mouse. Yes, girls.
  • learned that G is for ginger, M is for man. Kids cut and pasted pictures from magazines and sorted them. M /G
  • made some gingerbread man cookies using this recipe. We ate some and took the rest home.
  • created a disguise for the Gingerbread Man
  • graphed our favorite disguise
  • read different versions of the story
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • used the necklace to recall the events of the story.
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words
  • estimated how many cookies there are in a jar
  • made puppets with craft sticks to sequence events
  • finished the sentence __________ as fast as you can, you can catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! (walk, walk/ dance, dance/ jump, jump) we moved while saying the sentences.
  • learned a poem
A Gingerbread Cookie
Mom made a surprise the other day.
She gave it to me on a lovely tray.
A gingerbread cookie
with buttons so neat-
But best of all he was good to eat!
  • made Gingerbread Playdough 
Gingerbread Playdough:

3/4 C all purpose flour
1/2 C salt
1 1/2 t powdered alum or cream of tartar
1 1/2 t vegetable oil
1/2 C boiling water
brown paste food coloring
1 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice

In a medium bowl add first 3 ingredients and mix. Then add water and oil; mix. Add spice and food coloring; mix. Then knead dough until smooth. Store in airtight container.

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