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Introduce a character through the use of different gingerbread books. Then compare and contrast, using the different characters.
- Various versions of the Gingerbread Man books.
- The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt
- The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
- The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
- Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
- Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
- A large gingerbread man cutout using a large sheet of brown art paper.
- Gingerbread cookies
- The child will retale the characters of a story.
- The child will compare and contrast a story using the characters.
Talk about what a character is and then read one of The Gingerbread Man books. On head of the cutout write the characters from the book and whether the gingerbread man was eaten.
Day 2-4 or 5
Read an additional book each day writing the characters on a different limb, while comparing and contrasting the characters in the current book with the ones in the previous versions.
In my school we are only in class Monday thru Thursday so we read one version of the Gingerbread Man and then the Gingerbread Girl, Baby and Friends and only wrote the characters on the four limbs.
On the last day have the children be the character of the fox and eat their gingerbread man.
Children can make dough (scented with cloves, ginger and cinnamon) and pretend to make their own gingerbread man. Have them roll out their dough and then cutout a gingerbread man, poke a hole in the head area for a piece of yarn, let it air dry, then lace the yarn through the hole for hanging.
Have them make the characters from their favorite gingerbread book to retell the story.
Hide a gingerbread man in the classroom and then provide clues for the children to use to find the gingerbread man.
Invite parents to come one day and help decorate gingerbread houses.
Have the individual children tell you a character from one of the books. Read another story, can they tell you a character from that story?