Gingerbread Man story activities for your Listening Center or Whole-Group lessons! Five Gingerbread Man books to use throughout the year. Your students will love reading about the Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, at the Zoo, on the Firetruck, and at Christmas!
Most kindergarten and first-grade classrooms have a listening center. This is a great place for students to listen and hear expressive voices tell a story. For most students, the books located in the listening center are beyond their reading level. In this case, they get to hear fluent reading and build their listening skills. And, we know that listening is a skill that is very important in learning to read.
Gingerbread Man Story Activities
Laura Murray has written several Gingerbread Man books that can be used throughout the school year, not just at Christmas! Scholastic recently put those books and the CDs into a set. It makes the perfect addition to your listening center. But, you can, of course, use these books and activities in whole group lessons as well. Click below to order the books from Scholastic!
There are at least five activities for each book that will have your students responding to literature and enjoying stories about the Gingerbread Man all year long. Check out some examples below!
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
This book is perfect for the beginning of the year. The Gingerbread Man goes looking for his class and takes a trip through the school. He ends up in the gym, at the nurse, and even the Principal’s office. In addition to reading the story and completing the printable activities, you could take a tour of the school.
For this story, students complete a sort of places that were in the story, compared to places that were not in the story.
Each of the books has an opinion response activity for students to write about their favorite part.
The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck
Add this story to your listening center during the month of October for Fire Safety! The Gingerbread and his class take a field trip to the Fire Station. I’ve totally been on one of these field trips! This would be a fun book to read before you go!
Remember, these activities can be used in whole-group, too! This is a great time to practice reading strategies and skills.
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas
You, of course, need to read a Gingerbread Man book at Christmas. In the spirit of giving, The Gingerbread Man and his class deliver gifts to their neighbors, but he gets lost along the way.
The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School
Leprechaun? Yes, add this to your collection for St. Patrick’s Day! A mischievous leprechaun makes his way into the school. Will the Gingerbread Man and his class catch the leprechaun? Your students will love reading to find out!
The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo
The Gingerbread Man goes on a scavenger hunt through the zoo. This story is a good addition to your animal unit!
There are even more Gingerbread Man story activities than what you’ve seen here. Click below to see the preview for the Listen Up Bundle for 2019-2020! The Gingerbread Man books are in the September unit.
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