Monday, November 21, 2011

Gingerbread Galore (and a giveaway)


Hello friends! We are busy in the midst of conferences today and tomorrow, but we wanted to pop in with a quick hello! We know there is a great linky party going on over at What the Teacher Wants, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. We wanted to quickly share our newest unit at TpT with you. Are you looking for some fun Gingerbread activities to do with your firsties? Then this will be perfect for you! This is our newest baby Gingerbread Galore.


She's packed full of all sorts of fun inspired by 3 Gingerbread books. Head on over to our store, and have a little peek! For now, here's a quick preview.

Are you a follower? Comment on our post with your favorite gingerbread activity and we will give away our unit to a lucky winner. But hurry, we'll chose a winner at the end of conferences tomorrow night. Send good thoughts our way... 17 hours left. :)

Didn't Scrappin' Doodles do a fantastic job on this set? We've emailed them a few times lately asking for a clipart set, and they have worked magic! (Pinktastic anyone?)

39 comments:

Andi said...

Your unit looks fantastic! We have fun with gingerbread, too. One of my favorite activities is the "Which Part of the Gingerbread Man Did You Bite?" We eat, we graph, we discuss. Such fun!
Andi

Kinderpond said...

I bought gingerbread cookie sheet, we decorate cookies every year :)


Jennifer

Jennifer said...

Good Luck on your conferences!!!

Your unit looks great!! One of my favorite gingerbread stories to read is Gingerbread Baby. It has such beautiful pictures! I have always wanted to do a gingerbread glyph and I think I may try to do that this year.

Jennifer A.

Vickie said...

I always make a big gingerbread man and bring to school, but somehow he always disappears and runs away. We go looking through the school trying to find him and when we do, we get to eat him :).

Teresa said...

A great gingerbread activity to do with students is made gingerbread ornaments for the tree! So fun!! Gotta love those gingerbread men!!

Teresa
tmburgess@roaneschools.com

salley said...

I love Gingerbread glyphs! There are so many different ways to get creative with gingerbread glyphs.

Rita said...

One of my favorite activities is having one of the cookies escape. The kids love making wanted posters and going on a hunt.
Rita

Amy said...

I love gingerbread! I have many gingerbread books and I like to use them to compare and contrast. There are so many different variations of the story. It's the perfect time to break out the venn diagrams!

arcrow@sbcglobal.net

Katie said...

I too love the ginderbread glyph! I hang their gingerbread "kids" in the hallway with a cute little saying about how you can't catch me!

Kristina said...

Hi!! I do a big unit and end it with making hats with little GBMen on them and we bake GB men and they run away! We find a note with a clue on it that leads to another and another through the school! The kids love it! They eventually end up back in our room which is the best place to be, we then take one bite and graph which part we ate first, so much fun! All week long I read many many different versions to compare and contrast!

Thanks for listening!
Kristina
Kclark@bataviacsd.org

Kristina said...

Ohhh I forgot as a family project they have a GB boy or girl to decorate around my big candy house!! So cute and creative!

Kristina
Kclark@bataviacsd.org

Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

Great unit...my favorite Gingerbread activity is when the kids make their gingerbread houses. I do this as the culminating activity for our gingerbread unit and I love doing the gingerbread unit anyway! Your unit looks fabulous!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

Shelia said...

GREAT ITEMS! My favorite Gingerbread activity is where we go on a scavenger hunt. After reading the story, I tell them there is a gingerbread baking in our school cafeteria for them. When we get there, the cook tells us he's gone, but left a note. We go several different places throughout the school, and then end up finding gingerbread cookies back in the class.
sdavis6281@hotmail.com

Shauna said...

When our gingerbread man runs away, we receive postcards from across the world and track his travels on our map. When he returns, he always brings the children some small presents. One time I had a student say "I know that these are from the gingerbread man because it says made in China and we got a postcard from China." Got to love their innocence and belief in magic. So fun!

Shauna
shaunarae2@yahoo.com

Crayons and Curls said...

So cute! We do lots of gingerbread activities! My favorite is to make an applesauce gingerbread ornament. We also read all the different gingerbread man/baby books and compare/contrast using a venn diagram. :)
Cheryl
cener(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
Crayons and Curls

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I love to have the kiddos disguise their gingerbread men and then we complete a writing activity that gives lots of clues to help you figure out which gingerbread is theirs. We work on using adjectives in our sentences to make them more detailed. Then we read them to one another and try to figure them all out! It's always lots of fun!

Love your fun activities too! Fingers crossed!!!!

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal
www.mchaffiek.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

Well, I'm not a teacher yet, so I don't have a favorite gingerbread activity for the classroom... however, I love making gingerbread houses! It's a great way to spend a cold winter day! ~Hannah

Jess said...

I love all your gingerbread activities! Good luck at your conferences! I love to read all the gingerbread stories and at the end of the unit have the students graph their favorite one. It is always so fun to see what each class loves the most: the past few years have been The Gingerbread Girl, The Gingerbread Cowboy, and The Gingerbread Baby as favorites! The gingerbread stories are such a fun way to teach retelling and sequencing events too! I could just go on and on but I won't because you've already created wonderful ideas!
ramblingaboutreading@gmail.com

Mrs. Saoud said...

I love reading various gingerbread books: Gingerbread Friends, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Cowboy, Gingerbread Pirates. We created a word wizard chart to compare the different stories.

Cheryl
Primary Graffiti
primarygraffiti(at)yahoo.com

mini_re13 said...

I love to use our gingerbread men to measure!

Things around the classroom, themselves, their friends!

mini_re13@hotmail.com

Dakotasews said...

Depending on the grade level, we have made gingerbreadmen and girls, measured them, and read about them. Last year, I bought a large gingerbreadman cake pan and I can't wait to try it out this year.

Delighted said...

I love to make gingerbread play dough with my kiddos! Our room smells so yummy! The students then do all sorts of things with it. Measuring, spelling, etc.

First Grade Delight
imgoingfirst@gmail.com

Jonelle Bell said...

Last year we made giant gingerbread boys and girls. Check out my December posts from last year.
Jonelle
A Place Called Kindergarten

Megan said...

This unit looks like a lot of fun (I hope I can win it!!!!!!) Especially because we have the kids the ENTIRE week before Christmas- allll the way until Friday! I found on someone's blog a freebie that was a gingerbread man science experiment- I love that we could connect science into a holiday thematic unit. By the way- we made our hand print turkeys on Friday- oh my they came out so cute!
Megan
mjm109@gmail.com

Cindy said...

Decorating and eating the gingerbread men would have to be my favorite activity!! :O)

Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

Meg said...

Ohhh!! I simply can't pick a favorite, they all sound fab!! I hope I win~ :)

Mrs. Dunbar said...

I am new to teaching first grade, so I haven't done too many gingerbread activities. Last year we baked gingerbread men and women and they ran away on us! They led us all over the school. The students really believed that they ran away and it was soooo much fun!

Ashley said...

I love the writing activities! Sequencing stories and comparing similar stories can be hard for our firsties, but putting a fun gingerbread man twist will make this fun and exciting!

Meridith said...

I love your Gingerbread man unit! My favorite activity is to give the kids a gingerbread man cookie and they can take one bite of it. Then we graph the results of what part we bite off first. The kids have so much fun with this activity!
mjhalbardier@gmail.com

Buzzin' on Cupcakes in 1st Grade! said...

We make gingerbread houses using milk cartons as a base! The kids LOVE it!!! It's messy, but oh so much fun!!!

Marcy @ http://busybeesandcupcakes.blogspot.com

Mrs. L said...

I love gingerbread activities. :) Looking at yours the one I am most interested in is Gingerbread Baby creative writing & design your own gingerbread house activity.
Life with Mrs. L

❋Karen❋ said...

I hope I'm not too late! I love the "design your own gingerbread house writing" We make gingerbread houses every year on party day, this would be a great prelude to that. The rest of the unit looks amazing! If I don't win, will have to buy!
Happy Thanksgiving!

sarah said...

I love reading the different versions of the gingerbread man. My very favorite is the Gingerbread Cowboy especially since we live in AZ!

SM

Chrissy said...

Your unit looks fantastic!

I collect gingerbread items. Time permitting, I plan to send a stuffed gingerbread baby home with the students, in turn. He will, of course, have his book with him! I just need a clever "package" to hold him!

We start our gingerbread unit next week!
Thank you! Our gingerbread unit begins next week!

ReadWriteSing

Amy said...

I like to read and compare the different gingerbread books, and make gingerbread gylphs.

Megan Horman said...

Hi! I am getting ready to do Gingerbread next week, I haven't done this before as this is my first year in Kindergarten but I am looking forward to reading different Gingerbread books and comparing them to see how they are similiar and different. Your packet looks great. I hope that your conferences went well.

Thanks.
Megan
mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

Ms. Siefker said...

I love reading different gingerbread books and comparing them all!

Rebecca said...

I bake gingerbread and have parents come and help me put the houses together the night before we decorate them in class. Then I invite all the parents to come with a bag of candy to share, and help their child decorate their gingerbread house. It's a big hit every year and I usually have a few dad's take off work to be there. ;)
Rebecca
Teaching First
rebasutton@gmail.com

Teacher Syl said...

I love the Gingerbread theme. I decorate my classroom and my home in a Gingerbread. I am looking forward to applying your unit. So very excited!

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