Teaching a mini gingerbread man unit was my favorite way to spend two weeks in December in my 2nd grade classroom. It was so fun to explore different versions of the story and then have my students write their own versions. There are so many fun extensions you can do with this theme and it isn't a "Christmas" unit if you are in a school where that isn't allowed. Grab a stack of your favorite gingerbread books (HERE is a list of our favorites) and come along for some gingerbread fun.
What's Included in the Unit:
-Daily lesson Ideas for Reading and Writing
-Suggested Book List
-Common Core State Standards Used
-Student & Peer Writing Checklist
-8 Graphic Organizers for Reading & Writing
-6 different writing papers
How to Use the Unit:
This unit can be done as a one or two week unit. I had the most success using it as a two week unit. During the first week, we read different versions of the gingerbread man and compared the versions using different graphic organizers. We explored the plot, characters, problem, solution, moral, etc. These were all concepts that had been taught earlier in the year, so this served more as a review.
The next week, after students were familiar with the format of the gingerbread man, they planned out their own version. They had to plan the characters, the setting, the problem, etc. They got to decide how similar or different their version was to the original, but they had to stick to the same format.
They used checklists to make sure they didn't forget anything in their gingerbread story. Then they did some peer review to double check their work and get even more ideas.
Ready to try it in your classroom?