Run, run as fast as you can! Do you get this stuck in your head after reading it? I do! I love using the gingerbread man stories to teach about story sequence and the setting in stories. There are so many versions of the story to choose from. Here is a round-up of some of our favorites and how we use them in the classroom.
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Gingerbread Man Sequencing Journal
Before we begin our unit, I prep a gingerbread man sequencing journal for each student. I use my bookbinding machine to put them together so they last a little longer. A craft stick is attached to each book that will be used as a gingerbread man retell character stick.
Students will draw the setting of each story. They will also cut apart pictures to sequence the events. Their gingerbread man on a stick can be used as a prop to retell each story.
I also make a large anchor chart to hang up in the classroom. We keep track of story elements on the chart to refer back to.
Gingerbread Man Stories
Now for the read-alouds! There are so many to choose from. The following gingerbread man books are the ones we use in our classroom.
The Gingerbread Man
This version by Gail Yerrill is one of many classic versions available. This is the book I start with. It is also the version most familiar to my students.
The Gingerbread Boy
The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski is a fun variation that takes its followers through a big city. The characters in the story reflect what you might see in the city.
The Gingerbread Girl
The Gingerbread Girl written by Lisa Ernst is a fun version to read. In this story, the Gingerbread Girl is the little sister of the Gingerbread Man. This version adds an element of girl power and has a little twist in the end.
The Gingerbread Cowboy
The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires takes place in the desert. It is fun to follow the gingerbread man through his adventure past desert animals.
The Gingerbread Bear
The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis takes place in the forest. The cookies run through the forest past many woodland animals.
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School is written by Laura Murray. This story takes place at a school. The Gingerbread Man gets past an art teacher, coach, and many more school staff. Your kids will love this version
The Ninjabread Man
Your students will love The Ninjabread Man by C.J. Leigh. This is a favorite for me and my students each year. Can the Ninjabread man outsmart everyone?
If you are really ambitious, you can bake ninjabread man cookies using these adorable cookie cutters.
The Gingerbread Baby
Jann Brett has always been a favorite author of mine. The Gingerbread Baby is no exception! Your students will love this story. The illustrations are just stunning. I also enjoy this story because the ending is different than most versions.
In addition to the titles above, there are so many more. These are the books that are in my classroom library. What is your favorite title?
If you are interested in this gingerbread man sequencing journal, find it below.