The week before Christmas break we usually always do the Gingerbread Man. This week I wanted to incorporate something fun into the mini unit. Usually during reading rotations I take just my IEP students for our CIM group lesson. This week I decided to shorten up my groups and take everyone in the class during their word work rotation.
We talked about the different versions of the Gingerbread Man including the Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Girl. We determined that the common theme of all the stories was that the gingerbread did not want to be eaten.
Through group discussions we talked about the different things we might do if we were the Gingerbread Man, Baby or Girl. I introduced the vocabulary term disguise and we talked about some disguises the Gingerbread Man might have so that no one would want to eat him. We researched different disguises online. I did this so the students wouldn’t all have the same looking disguises.
Then came the fun. I gave each child a blank Gingerbread and together we came up with a disguise. I helped by cutting and tracing stuff out (the students told me exactly how they wanted theirs to look). I also had them finish the sentence frame I am not a Gingerbread Man I am a….
Here are the finished products that I hung up on my door and hallway for everyone to see. All I could hear anytime any students were walking down the hall was Oooh, I see Batman. There’s Elsa and so on.
Next year I think I might send this home as a family project to see what other fun disguises we might have.