Monday, November 26, 2012

Gingerbread Boy Activities in Action! Cyber Sale Thanks!

The Gingerbread Boy was the story of the day! My favorite kid quote: "So if the fox ate the Gingerbread Boy, does that mean he's going to poop him out too?!" Despite the giggling, I'm fairly certain that little 5 year old was completely serious because he seemed a little annoyed that I didn't answer him. Too funny. There were lots of giggles!

We are doing some serious book work with the Gingerbread books. There are several books and several fabulous concepts to pull from them. We will do one book a day, along with my mini unit of related gingerbread activities.

The Books:
  • The Gingerbread Boy (don't remember the author, but it's the 1975 version at Barnes and Noble)
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The Gingerbread Girl
  • The Gingerbread Baby by  Jan Brett
 The Fantastic Teaching Points:
  • Sequencing
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Character Map
  • Summarizing/Retelling
Yesterday I posted my brand new Gingerbread set of emergent readers and sequencing activities. They were all a huge success!! I was shocked at how well the kids figured out the character maps because we've never used them before. The kids instantly understood and I hear them using words like "describe" in context without prompting. I might have done a little skip and a jump in cheer! You can pick up the Gingerbread activities here!

The kids were also super excited to see the author of their emergent reader was me! They felt like the most special kids in the world when I told them I wrote a book just for them. I really like how well it worked and I am able to implement the sight words I want to go with our themes/reading units each week. I think I may be writing a lot more of them soon! I see a Santa book coming very soon. Is there a theme or set of sight words you'd love to see in an emergent reader? Just let me know! I had a lot of fun making these books!

Below are pics of our character maps (located in the gingerbread pack), or yesterday's post for the free gingerbread boy.
They came up with all the ideas, I just helped on the spelling

My fox on the whiteboard, not too shabby!

Cyber Monday was a HUGE hit in my TPT store! This was my best selling day ever!! I've never sold so much in a single day! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! You guys rock! If there is anything you'd like to see added, just send an email to

Tuesday is the last day for the big sale! Don't forget to enter the code CMT12 for the extra 10% off on top of my 20% discount on everything!


  1. The fox will probably poop out the gingerbread boy eventually, but he probably won't be in the shape of a gingerbread boy anymore! I've always kind of been sad about the versions of the story where the adorable gingerbread boy gets eaten in the end!

  2. Too funny! Today the kids intentionally picked the Gingerbread Girl because one of the boys knew she wasn't going to get eaten :)


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