The Gingerbread Man by Paul Galdone
The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski
The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Cajun Gingerbread Boy by Berthe Amoss
The Stinky Cheese Man by John Scieszka
I use the Gingerbread Man theme during the first
week of school We begin our unit by reading one
of the Gingerbread Man books. The children
enjoy hearing the story read many times. I also
read several versions of the story throughout the
Bake a Gingerbread Man
On the first day of school, make a Gingerbread Man.
Take him home to bake, but tell the children that you took
him to the school kitchen. The next day bring the empty
cookie sheet to school and tell the children that when you
were taking the man out of the oven he ran off the pan and
out of the kitchen. Spend the next 2-3 days looking around
the school for the Gingerbread Man. This is a great way
for the children to tour the school building and meet other
staff members. Choose a place in the building to find the
Gingerbread Man. When you find the him, the children
can eat him for snack
Below are several notes to use as you tour the school:
POEMS: Click on the Gingerbread Man for
Gingerbread Man Poems and Songs
The Gingerbread Man
Make a Character Graph
Make a graph using the characters from all the
Gingerbread Man stories. Find out which characters
appear the most in the different versions.
Make a Favorite Character Graph
Have each child draw a picture of their favorite character
from one of the Gingerbread Man stories. Make a graph
using the pictures.
Retell the Story
Retell the Gingerbread story using felt character pieces
and a flannel board.
Act out the Story
Have the children act out one of the versions of the
Gingerbread Man story.
Decorate Individual Gingerbread Men
Provide construction paper gingerbread men for the
children to decorate. This could also be a take-home
Make a Class Big Book
Create a page for each child and compile into a class big
"Stop, Stop!" said (child's name)
But the Gingerbread Man said,
"Run, run, as fast as you can,
You can't catch me. I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
Door display and big book idea from
Run, run as fast as you can!
You can't catch me. I'm the Gingerbread Man!