I love creative writing! Maybe that’s because I was raised by an English teacher, but I really love it!
It’s a big focus for kids to start communicating via written language from an early age, but so many students struggle to get their ideas on paper. This was a fun activity that I created for my students and I wanted to share it with you. (To download your free copy, click on the image above, or HERE.)
So, have you ever had students who will talk nonstop? I mean these kids have so many ideas to share they are constantly being told to be quiet, but when you ask them to write these great ideas on paper, they suddenly don’t have anything to say. It has baffled me.
So anyway… I made this activity for the holidays. In this download is a basic version of the “Gingerbread Man” story and then some story templates with a graphic organizer for students to write their own version of “The Gingerbread Man.” But, what’s different about this is that I also have some alternate characters for students to use to brainstorm, 47 alternate characters, to be exact.
My plan for this lesson is to read the real “Gingerbread Man” to the whole group and write a story using the alternate characters together. I always teach by modeling, then doing the activity together and then letting students experiment on their own. I have found that this really builds confidence in everything they are doing.
As an alternate to this lesson, when we did this at home I made some Gingerbread scented playdough and we grabbed toys from the kids’ toy room to pair with our gingerbread man to make our story. This was really fun because we had our gingerbread man running from Captain America and driving John Deere tractors. They REALLY had fun creating different scenarios for our stories! For kids who struggle with writing, having toys was great because their “Characters” could act out their parts in the story. This was motivating for them to practice recording their fun ideas onto paper. It’s amazing how much more willing students are to do a difficult task when they see the value in the activity and telling Mom and Dad about their story with all the details is very valuable!
Check out these super fun FREE Gingerbread activities!
Thank you for reading!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Gingerbread Math – Making Five // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Gingerbread Pattern Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Science Christmas Ornaments: Long Lasting Gingerbread Ornaments // Schooling a Monkey
Initial Sound Gingerbread Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Decorate a Gingerbread Man Art Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Gingerbread Addition Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Gingerbread Coverall Games // Recipe for Teaching
Gingerbread Man Counting Cards // Sara J Creations
Gingerbread Pre-Writing Strips // Letters of Literacy
Gingerbread Clip Cards // Fun With Mama
Gingerbread 2D Shape Match and Count // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Gingerbread Story Sequencing // DIY Farm Wife
Gingerbread Play Dough// Play and Learn Everyday
Gingerbread House Building STEM // Science Kiddo
Gingerbread Ten Frame Counting Mats // Modern Preschool
Gingerbread Man Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Gingerbread Man Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
Gingerbread Man Stamping // Simple Play Ideas
Gingerbread Number Line Addition to 12 // Fairy Poppins
Gingerbread Man Addition Cork Board Game // Adventures of Adam