Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gingerbread Men in December {MATH PUZZLE FREEBIE, too}

Since we aren't really supposed to focus on any one particular December holiday, I focus on the Gingerbread Man stories.  The children LOVE the folk tale, no matter who chases after the cookie or whether the fox eats him or not.  Year after year, the students beg for another and another and, luckily, there are enough GREAT versions to last for the entire month, as well as enough activities to keep the excitement as well. 
The best Gingerbread Unit I did was about 7 years ago (whoa, really?) when I had a class gingerbread man that they all named go missing.  Come to find out, he was travelling around the U.S. of A.  We received post cards from all over the country letting us know what "Sweetie" had been up to.  Of course, that takes a lot of pre-planning BUT I actually saved all of the post cards, maps, materials, so I could actually do it all over again.  We made MISSING signs and charted on a map each of the states he had been to.  The children were so happy when he finally returned and I never got to put him away for that year.  He got pretty worn out or, the way I like to look at it, he was very loved.
Another fun activity I have done in the past is for the children to design boats to get a real cookie across the river without sinking (he might not get eaten by a fox, but we all know what happens to a soggy cookie-yuck!).  It is a great planning and designing activity and the children have so much fun creating their boats and then testing them with their little cookies ready to set sail. 
Of course, what classroom studying Gingerbread Men would be complete without some Goofy Gingerbread Men hanging around?  My Goofy turkey patterns hung all over the USA (maybe internationally--let me know if so) with over 16,000 people downloading my FREE pattern in a year.  Click on the picture below if you are interested in making cute gingerbread men (kids, to be politically correct) to hang around in your classroom. 

I also do the Save the Gingerbread Man Project every year (another family project similar to Disguise the Turkey) and have added some activities to go along with the project.  If you are interested, click the picture below to find out more about it.
Here are some amazing samples of the disguises we got last year which excites me to see what kind of return we will get on the Gingerbread Men this year.  This is such a fun project and I love the follow up that can occur in the classroom afterwards.  Of course, the kids think it is all about the GBM, but we know it is more about targeting those Common Core Standards, right??

Oh, and, while we are at it, let's do a freebie!  Here is my GBM puzzle kit to let your students piece the broken cookie back together using various math skills depending on their levels!  Enjoy!


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  1. Love the gingerbread ideas. Thanks for the freebie. Happy thanksgiving.

  2. Great product! Can't wait to start our Gingerbread Unit! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for this. We aren't allowed to celebrate a particular holiday, so we've had fun the last few years focusing on the many wonderful versions of The Gingerbread Man from around the world.

  4. We do Christmas Around the World and our Gingerbread Man travels around the world and sends us back postcards and gifts from the countries he visits. The kids love it!

  5. Those gingerbread men are adorable! I love them! They are now on my wishlist!

  6. Thanks for the adorable ideas. You are so kind for sharing.

  7. We did the "Save the Gingerbread Man" project -- it is wonderful. I hope you will take a look at the cute pictures I posted on my blog today. Thank you so much for this great work!!

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  10. Wow yummy,The ginger bread man looks delicious to me,I would get the payday loan service and arrange a beautiful Ginger bread festival with my friends,Would love to see some more details about Mrs. Miners monkey business.


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