We have been reading the classic tale of the Gingerbread Man the past few weeks. This is one of my favorites (and not just because we get to bake gingerbread cookies). This story allows us to work on SOOOO many skills. It is a versatile and age appropriate text.
What makes the Gingerbread Man so great?
- Repetitive Text
- The repetitive text is a major win for our class. A lot of my student’s need constant repetition in order to learn vocabulary. By naturally repeating the story’s text, it allows for constant reinforcement. In turn, this helps students learn the vocabulary for efficiently so they than can apply it to other skills
- Different Versions
- The tale of the Gingerbread Man is a classic. However, there are lots of different versions. The main plot continues as usually but the characters differ in each adaption. These assorted versions allow us to increase vocabulary and work on higher level thinking skills like compare and contrast
- Action Packed
- The fable of the Gingerbread Man is an action packed book. There is jumping, running, swimming, and much more. These actions are a great opportunity to work on gross motor skills, following directions, and turn taking.
- This is without a doubt a given. We bake every Friday so whenever we read this story we always make gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses. Check out our Friday baking post to learn the importance of this weekly activity.
In addition to the items listed above, we have also incorporated the Gingerbread Man into our academics. We have been hard at work counting, matching, sorting and practicing our AAC skills. Check out the TPT store for all of our Gingerbread Man Resources