Gingerbread Man Writing Activities
The Gingerbread Man is an excellent theme to incorporate writing activities. Below are some ideas for how you can use different variations of this classic tale to work on story elements, creative writing and other writing skills.
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Gingerbread Writing Activities with Story Elements
Using different variations of The Gingerbread Man is a great way to focus on story elements.
Characters: Comparing and contrasting characters makes for a great lesson, especially when you use two very different books. My favorite books for this gingerbread man writing activity include a classic Gingerbread Man story and The Gingerbread Cowboy. The characters are extremely different and it’s fun to see how this impacts the course of the text.
Setting: Just like the characters, you can also compare and contrast the setting of many gingerbread man books. One of my favorite books to get students writing about the setting is The Gingerbread Boy. This book takes place in New York City. The hustle and bustle of Manhatten is depicted throughout the text and illustrations. It is a perfect opportunity to have children write about how the setting of the text can change the whole story.
Here are some printables I use to get my students writing and illustrating about story elements.
Making Predictions With The Gingerbread Man
During our gingerbread man study, we practice making predictions. With each book, I like to practice making predictions in a new way. Sometimes we predict pre-reading based on the title and cover. Sometimes we stop mid-way and make a prediction based on what we have read so far. And sometimes we predict right at the very end. One of my favorite things to do is to read a text half-way and have students illustrate their predictions for the ending. Once they finish we complete the book and they go back and illustrate what actually happened. Based on that information, they answer the writing prompt “Was your prediction correct? Explain.”
Both of these texts have surprise endings so it’s always fun to hear the predictions made by your students.
Gingerbread Man Writing Journal
Because we read SO many gingerbread man books, keeping a gingerbread journal is important. This journal has pages with specific titles on the top and an editable page. Children are free to write anything they want about the book of the day. Before we start the journal we discuss different ideas for writing, such as, their favorite part, their least favorite part, something that surprised them, a character they liked, etc. It’s always great to give students free reign and see what they want to write about. At the end of our gingerbread man unit, I staple all of these writing pieces together and send it home. Family members rave about this journal once it goes home!
Gingerbread Man Creative Writing
The possibilities are really endless when it comes to gingerbread man writing activities. It’s one of my favorite units to teach throughout the school year. I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your own classroom.