Celebrate the Holidays with Gingerbread Fun

One way teachers can include ALL students in non-holiday celebrations is through thematic teaching. Check out this post for ideas for a Gingerbread theme. Freebies included.

One of the nicest ways to include every child in your classroom is with thematic teaching. I love the warm smell of gingerbread and making gingerbread houses has been a tradition for many years. Each year when I taught in the regular classroom, we enjoyed decorating candy houses and taking them to the local nursing home for the patients to enjoy. The children loved the "extra" candy supplied too. ;-)
Today, I'd like to share the thematic ideas I've collected. Some I've tried, while others just look like so much fun. I've added all the links to the Pinterest board below, so check that out if you'd like to do this theme too.

Gingerbread Fun Pinterest Board


This board has been formed to collect thematic planning sheets as well as other themed resources. There is a preview of it below.  

One way teachers can include ALL students in non-holiday celebrations is through thematic teaching. Check out this post for ideas for a Gingerbread theme. Freebies included.

Book Ideas

Who knew there were so many different Gingerbread themed books?  Little Miss Kindergarten did a very nice blog post about this same topic last year, and I thought I'd share her wonderful book collection image to give you additional "go to" titles.  She even shared a freebie for one of the books. (hint!)

Of course,  my favorite Gingerbread themed books are by one of my favorite children's authors, Jan Brett.  The bundle I put together with her books is my best seller, and it includes over 165 pages of reading comprehension pages and activities for eleven of her books.  Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends are part of the bundle, but can also be purchased individually too.  These two books are definitely must reads for every elementary students..
   

Gingerbread Man - Reading Comprehension UnitBesides Jan Brett's books, you might try a few of these.  The Gingerbread Man story has been written by many authors, and this set includes a sweet reader's theater script.  You could do story comparisons with your students among other literacy skills. Ms. Joanne has included quite a few options for you. Linda Kamp has this freebie available too for book comparisons and a story map.  
Responding to The Gingerbread Boy and The Gingerbread girlThis is a great little freebie from Joanna Benavidez compares The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Ernst to The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone.  It is nicely done, and it includes a writing prompt too.  




Craft Ideas

50+ Holiday Activities inspired by Books by Jan Brett.  Virtual Book club for Kids hosted by The Educators' Spin On ItWell, Pinterest is most definitely filled with Gingerbread craft options, and here are a few of my favorites.  It's a great time to make Gingerbread houses and Gingerbread ornaments with your kids, but we all love a great craftivity too.  These simple ideas  can be added to a writing prompt of your choice and wa-la...awesome display!  Certainly, using the books above as a mentor text could lead to fantastic stories from your students.  Last week, we used the book, My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza as a mentor text for persuasive writing (How Mr. Turkey convinces the chef to bake a ham instead).  I love the little gingerbread man in the top middle spot, but jump over to this page to see others.

Turn a brown paper bag into a stuffed gingerbread craft!
Paperbags can be used for lots of Gingerbread crafts.  You can make both the Gingerbread boy and his house...maybe even with the same bag if you're careful. Click the images to see how they're made.

Life Sized Cardboard Gingerbread HouseOne more cute project before I go...
I love this adorable idea, and unfortunately, it would not work in my classroom of fourth and fifth grades. However, do you think preschool and kinders would enjoy it??  I think they'd have a great time making it too. Add in some cozy pillows and baskets of books, and you have the best reading spot in the room. Too fun!


Before I sign off, I thought I'd share a freebie of my own with you and run a little giveaway. First, here is the freebie. This little poem can be used during your Gingerbread week to work on fluency.  I mark phrases, do highlighter hunts for sightwords, use them with word sorts to reinforce phonics elements, and work on poetic devices too. I hope your students enjoy it.

Do you have a few favorite Gingerbread themed activities you enjoy?  Please share them in the comments.

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One way teachers can include ALL students in non-holiday celebrations is through thematic teaching. Check out this post for ideas for a Gingerbread theme. Freebies included.

8 comments

  1. Thank you! My whole week next week is gingerbread.

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  2. That is one awesome gingerbread house! I try to do everything gingerbread themed that I can--literacy stations, math/counting, writing, stories in the class library, and make a gingerbread man/woman.

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  3. What a great collection of gingerbread ideas! Love it! Thanks!

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  4. What an awesome cardboard Gingerbread house! Looks like hours of fun.
    The Education Highway

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    1. Isn't that cute?? I just loved it and had to share. I wish I taught kindergarten.

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  5. What a great giveaway! Thanks for letting us link up!

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