The Gingerbread Man.
Read the story.
Reread and get students to join in the chorus.
Use the character hand puppets to sequence the story.
Give character hand puppets out to the students and they have
to take the part when it comes up in the story.
Retell the story using Australian animals.
List the animals and talk about male/female, babies and the sound they make.
Cook gingerbread and write/draw a procedure.
Pictures and labels for the hand puppets are on the last page.
To make character hand puppets go to www.janbrett.com
Click on Activities
Scroll down to Masks.
Click on the “The Gingerbread Baby” and print off in PDF a coloured copy of the cat, the dog,
the fox and the Gingerbread Man.
Go back to “The Hat” and print off in PDF, the horse in colour.
You may have to go to clip art to make the boys and girls.
To make the little old woman and the cow go to www.dltk-teach.com
Click on Nursery Rhymes
Then The Gingerbread Man.
Scroll down to Gingerbread Man Feltboard Fun.
Scroll down to Templates and print off one colour copy of each to be made into a
sequencing/recount set of cards-(demonstrated below.) The little old man is a bit scary!
Then get someone to help you enlarge the template of the little old woman and the cow to A4
each print in colour. These can be added into the character handpuppets from the janbrett site.
If you can’t, feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
While you are in this site you could print off the pages below if you want to.
“Gingerbread Man Colouring Pages”
“Gingerbread Man Mini Books”
“Gingerbread Man Poem” I saved to a WORD document, put
on a gingerbreadman border, placed in some clipart printed it on to A3 and laminated it for group
“Gingerbread Man Thematic Unit” Takes you to “kidzone”
where you will find a 5 day lesson plan with printable sheets. This is where you find the Glyph
worksheets. You can just click on Printables and not have to go through whole unit.
To make the little old man go to www.makinglearningfun.com/
Under “LOOK” click on Mrs Wishy Washy.
Scroll to “Mrs Wishy Washy Themed Magnet Pages”
Select Mr Wishy Washy.
Enlarge him to an A4 and print off a colour copy.
Cut him out and paste him onto thin black cardboard using a gluestick.
Cut around shape leaving a few mm as an outline and allowing a ruler width handle for
If you want to paste on their names you will find them and photographs of the puppets when
you scroll down these pages.
**While you are in www.makinglearningfun.com print off a coloured copy of each page for “Mrs
Wishy Washy Themed Magnet Pages”. Enlarge each picture to A4 and print off a copy-get
someone to help you enlarge them. If you can’t, please email me at email@example.com
Then have a look through all of the “Mrs Wishy Washy” worksheets and print off those that you
think are suitable for your class.
*Complete Gingerbread Man “Glyph?” If you are a boy/girl colour the eyes blue/red. If you
have blue/brown eyes colour the buttons green/yellow.
To download the glyph worksheets
Google www.mathwire.com/seasonal/winter05.html Select “Gingerbread Man maths activities”.
You can arrive here by clicking on “Gingerbread Man Thematic Units” in www.dltk-teach.com.
Click on Stories and Props
Then Classic tales Patterns
To make sequencing cards
Print off a copy of the book in colour. Students can sequence the pages.
To make it more difficult cut out pictures and text separately, laminate and
use for sequencing, retell and recount of the story, matching the text to the
There are other fairy stories available.
Scroll down to “Search the Sparklebox” and type in “The Gingerbread Man”
and “How to Make Gingerbread.” (Use for sequencing and Procedure.)
Otherwise click on “Literacy” and go to “Fairytales.”
*Google www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies and print off “The Gingerbread Man” to maybe sequence
Just Google “The Gingerbread Man” and you will find other sites.
How to make:
A Gingerbread Man
4 cups (500 grams) plain flour
1 teaspoon bi-carbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Sift these ingredients together.
125 grams butter or margarine
1 cup (155 grams) brown sugar
1 cup (310 grams) of golden syrup
Melt these ingredients together
Allow the mixture to cool slightly,
Pour over dry ingredients.
Mix to a firm dough, using milk if necessary.
Wrap in plastic.
Chill for 30 minutes, at least.
Roll out thinly on a floured surface.
Cut into shapes.
Bake in moderately slow oven for 10 – 15 minutes, on greased slide or baking
Allow to cool slightly.
Place on wire racks to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Hand puppet names from Page 1
the Gingerbread Man
the little old lady
the boys and girls
the little old man
General Overview: The Gingerbread Man
Students listen to the text “The Gingerbread Man” joining in the familiar
Sequencing pictures and captions are used to consolidate the story and
reinforce new vocabulary.
Dramatization is used to encourage oral participation.
Written exercises are planned to revise verbs, data collection and maths
Resources Learning Strategies & Activities
CONTROLLED: Listening Activity
Text: The Introduce the story “The Gingerbread Man.” Show the students a biscuit
Gingerbread Man Gingerbread Man, smell the powdered ginger spice and maybe have
some root ginger.
Read and discuss the story with the students joining in the familiar parts.
Sequencing A4 Students dramatize the story using the Kizclub character cards.
Sequencing Give each student some A4 sequencing cards and they talk to each other
captions. and place them in correct order.
Give each student some Topmarks picture cards and they sequence
themselves. Then give out the sentence caption cards to match the pictures
Sequencing OR just give the caption cards to the students to discuss and sequence.
Give students the sentence cards to sequence.
Students read The Gingerbread Man BLM (from enchantedlearning) which
Topmarks website has text and pictures inserted instead of words.
Glyph Activity: Lesson 1: Students are given the data on the glyph page
and a picture of the gingerbread man. They write their name on the BACK
Hand puppets of the sheet. They have to colour the glyph according to their data eg. If
you are a boy, colour his buttons blue. If you are a girl, colour his buttons
pink. etc Students complete colouring the data.
The Gingerbread Lesson 2: When finished the teacher randomly hands out the sheet to the
Man story which students so that they do not get their own. They have to read back the
has pictures information gathered from their glyph.
inserted where the Lesson 3: Students have to write down the information they have gained on
words shoul be a BLM eg. The person who owns this gingerbread man is a boy. He has
from brown eyes.etc.
www.enchantedlea Lesson 4: The students then read their data gathering to the other students
rning.com site and when they recognise themselves they claim their original coloured
PUBLISHER Past Tense: Students complete a close passage inserting the past tense of
the verb into the spaces.
Gingerbread House: Maths Coordinates. The students follow the directions
of coordinate points to colour to form the Gingerbread Man’s house.
General Overview: The Gingerbread Man.
Procedure: Sequence procedure cards from www.sparklebox.co.uk
Cooking Activity: Follow the procedure to make gingerbread.
Procedural Recount: Use the procedure text to rewrite as a procedural recount for
Resources Learning Strategies & Activities
Text: The CONTROLLED:
Gingerbread Man Introduce the Sparklebox Recipe procedure cards on “How to Make a
Introduce the Sparklebox picture cards on cooking and utensils eg
sieve, wooden spoon, measuring cups, grater, whisk, beaters etc
sequencing cards for Students and teacher proceed to cook the gingerbread man.
and utensils and
cooking flashcards all GUIDED:
from Students discuss the procedure they followed to make the gingerbread
www.sparklebox.co.uk man and point out that a procedure is a DOING activity so that the
verbs are the main words and should be used first.
Ingredients for Brainstorm the appropriate language- first, next, then, finally etc
cooking gingerbread Students and teacher write a joint construction procedure.
or WORD for students Using PUBLISHER or WORD, the students write a Procedural Recount in
to complete a the form of a letter to a friend, parent or teacher to explain how they
procedure text. made the gingerbread OR
Students write a procedure.
Students use clipart or Google Images to illustrate their work.
Edit and print in colour.
Once upon a time there (be) ________ a little old woman
and a little old man. They (live) __________ all alone in a
little old house. They (feel) ___________ lonely. So one day,
the little old woman (make) _____________ a little boy out
of gingerbread. When the little old woman (decorate)
_________________ her gingerbread man, she (put) _____
him in the oven. Some time later, she (open) ___________the
oven door but the gingerbread man (jump)
______________ out and (run) ________ away. The
old woman and the old man (run) _________ after him But
they (could not)_________________________ catch him. The
gingerbread man (run) ___________ faster than them and
he (laugh) __________________ and (shout) ___________,
“Run, (run) _______, as fast as you (can) _________.
You (can not) ___________ catch me. I (be) ______ the