Gingerbread Goodies: Teachers That Give Blog Hop
This time of year is so much fun. There are a ton of awesome winter themes that can be used in the classroom. But, my favorite winter theme is gingerbread. I love the way it smells. Plus, the kids love making gingerbread and decorating gingerbread men. Big kids get just as into gingerbread as little kids. It works across grade levels. Best of all though, it’s holiday-ish but since it’s not directly related to holiday all of the kids can participate.
Of course if you’re going to do this theme,you’ve got to at least decorate some gingerbread men or houses.
Today, I made some gingerbread men at home with my children. It was loads of fun. Well, except when my toddler knocked over a large glass bowl in the middle of waiting for the dough to chill. Yikes! (#Toddlerlife) Thank goodness I was wearing shoes!
Once we got that cleaned up the girls had a blast decorating their gingerbread men. Afterwards, eating them wasn’t too shabby either.
This is the recipe we used. We got 10 cookies out of it, but if you’re not cooking with a toddler who keeps sneaking the dough to use like Play-doh you’d probably get a few more. Still, if you’re making the recipe for a classroom you’ll want to double or triple it.
The Gingerbread Boy is a classic story that your children may already be familiar with. If not, there are lots of read alouds of it on YouTube, like this one. I like to read some other books too. (Affiliate links)
Jan Brett, one of my favorite children’s authors, wrote The Gingerbread Baby. The illustrations are gorgeous. (Just like all of her other books.) In this version of the story he doesn’t get eaten. There’s a surprise ending that’s lots of fun.
Gingerbread Friends is another story by Jan Brett. The gingerbread baby gets lonely. So, he goes on a hilarious adventure to make new friends.
A third great read for any gingerbread unit is The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski. It offers a modern twist and the new setting (New York City). Fun!
It’s easy to incorporate writing as well. You can use the books as an intro to having the kids write their own version of the classic story. Why not encourage them to change to setting or add a new ending to make their own version? Letting them illustrate their writing and share it is a great way to wrap up before the winter break.
Since this is one of my favorite themes, I made a few math activities to go with it too. Now, I’m excited to share them with you.
If you teach the younger grades they might really enjoy practicing their addition facts by playing some gingerbread cover up.
You’ll need some dice and the game board for this low prep game. The kids just roll two diced and add them. Then they cover up the sum on the game board. The player who has the most spots covered at the end wins.
Those of you teaching older kids can use this freebie with two activities. The first activity is simply a multiplication chart to fill-in. I don’t know about you, but I always find kids need tons of practice to memorize the multiplication facts. The second activity is a mixed review of addition and subtraction. Once they’ve completed the problems they color it to reveal a gingerbread man.
The multiplication and mixed practice sheets are samples I pulled out of my gingerbread math review pack which covers every third grade Common Core Standard in math. If you’re interested in it you can check it out here at my TPT store.
Anyway, I hope you have a lot of fun exploring the gingerbread theme with your class. It’s one of my all-time favorite themes and I hope your class enjoys it too!
This blog post was part of the Teachers That Give Blog Hop. As part of the blog hop I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate to Target. That’s definitely enough to get the ingredients to make some yummy gingerbread cookies with your class. So be sure to enter below for a chance to win the $25 and then hop on over to the other blogs and find out what goodies they’re sharing today with you. (Entries close on Friday, December 2nd at 9:00 EST. Open to adult US residents.)
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