Category Archives: GBM 11-12

The Gingerbread Man

We are finally finished with our Gingerbread Man unit. 🙂 My school was just named an IB world school, so as many of you know, everything we do needs to have an international or more worldly take on it.
Our Gingerbread Man unit is no exception–the GBM travels from country to country to learn about customs and celebrations from around the world. We are careful to stay away from holidays that we traditionally think of and focus more on traditions that happen in each of the countries we visit.

In Mexico, we learned about the art of tin work and we made our own “tin” art (using aluminum foil and permanent markers).




Many of the kids made Monarch Butterflies on their tin because we studied them earlier in the year. 🙂

When we visited Israel, the children learned about mosaics and how they have been made in Israel for thousands of years.




You can visit my Teacher’s Pay Teachers store to purchase the unit for yourself. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

The Gingerbread Man 2011 The Musical/Silent Auction and Day 5 & 6

In addition to our GBM hunt around the globe, we have spent MONTHS (since Halloween) preparing for a musical, The Tale of the Gingerbread Man that we found from Heidi Songs.  On Thursday, December 15th, 125 of our Kindergarten kiddos performed this musical for their parents (totaling over 400 guests!!).  The children helped to create the set (painting trees, etc.) and we helped to collect and make simple costumes–most were supplied by the families.

We also had a silent auction in conjunction with this event.  The children wanted to do something to help our local Habitat for Humanity after our field trip there in early November.  We decided to created gingerbread homes to auction off to raise money!  To date, our total is around $600!  Not bad for a 20 minute silent auction! 🙂  Here are some pictures of the creation of the g-bread homes…we had LOTS of parent help and knocked these out in about 2 hours! 🙂


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During the day or two before the musical, we did lots of practicing on the risers and received some quick letters from the GBM which I forgot to take pictures of!!  We got letters from Brazil, Africa, Canada, and Russia.

When we visited Brazil, we learned about the legend of the dancing turtle and we made pattern block turtles.

In Africa,we learned about the coffee ceremony that takes place when children are adopted from Africa.  We also looked at coffee beans.

In Canada, we read The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett and learned a little bit about the climate in Canada.

In Russia, we learned about The Mitten and used the printables from Jan Brett’s website to make drama props to help us retell the story.

The Gingerbread Man Math 2011

To tie in some math, we measured the perimeter of a GBM using different math materials I already had in my classroom.  I traced a random GBM and then put the math materials in the copy machine to create the recording page.  The children rotated from table to table and measured the perimeter of the GBM.

The Gingerbread Man 2011 Day 3 & 4

This is the package we received when the GBM visited Israel.  We learned about the celebration of Hanukkah and read Mrs. Greenburg’s Messy Hanukkah.  We also talked about the Menorah and how all of the candles are important to the celebration of Hanukkah.  The GBM also brought us paper menorah’s to cut out and color.


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Next, we went to Conner Prairie (our Living History Museum) and saw the gingerbread houses.  We also “chased” the GBM through Conner House, met the little old woman, and ventured to the barn to ask the animals if they had seen the GBM run through their barn.  Finally, we met up with the GBM in the main building and we got to have our picture taken with him!

Kristen 🙂

The Gingerbread Man 2011 Day 1 & 2

Yes, I’m still alive!  My internet has been really slow and I can’t upload pictures when it’s running so slowly!  Here are some more details about this year’s visit from the GBM!

Here is the package that starts it all!  The GBM left us this package, some money, our passports, and a trail of cookie crumbs and gumdrops.  When we opened it, we found out that the GBM had taken our cookies (that we were supposed to make a graph with later in the day) and has gone looking for different customs and celebrations around the world.  He says he will be sending us more letters so that we can learn about the customs and celebrations as well.  He took the cookies so he would have something to eat on his journey.  Each time we get a letter, we are supposed to find that country on a map and after learning about a celebration or custom in that country, we write about it in our passport.

The second day (which was really two days after we got the 1st package), we got a letter and some books from Mexico.  My kids get excited every year when the package comes from Mexico because they know that the Monarch Butterflies we have spent so much time learning about in the fall are in Mexico waiting for winter to be over with.  The GBM even mentions them in this letter!  We also read Adelita (the Mexican Cinderella story) adn P is for Pinata to learn more about some celebrations that happen in Mexico.  We learned about Las Posadas, Cinco de Mayo (Mexico’s independence day, mostly celebrated in the U.S.), and Los dias de Muerto (day of the dead–Halloween).


The kids wanted to see if they could trick the GBM into coming back to visit so they could catch him, so we came up with this note… 🙂

Kristen 🙂


GBM 2011

We started our new Gingerbread Man (GBM) unit today!!  We read The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone (and added a copy to the listening center).  The REAL fun with this unit starts on Wednesday, when our cookies go missing!


I also wanted to show you how I organize my materials from year to year for the GBM unit:

I use a file crate and create a folder for each country that we have or could visit.  I collect materials in that folder including my envelope that each letter and activity is delivered in.  I also have several general folders with copies of holiday related materials that I can plug in when I need to.  This method makes it easy for me to keep everything together and find it!!

These are the wooden spoon puppets that we will use to retell the GBM story later this week.  I got the pictures from the December grades 1-3 Mailbox resource book about 10 years ago.  I laminated them and glued them on Dollar Store wooden spoons (on the smooth backside of the spoon).  I also have the pictures laminated on sentence strips with their respective names written next to them.

Also, I got this great GBM puzzle from the Scholastic flyers a few years ago…


The other thing we did today was a little GBM subtraction…we created problems where the GBM had to run away in different amounts:

I just used die cut GBM and put a little bit of magnet tape on the back to make them stick to my dry erase board.


Hope this gives you some ideas…check back all this week for updates on the return of the GBM!!

Kristen 🙂


The Gingerbread Man

Here are some links to the GBM of years past.  I’ve had some requests to see the letters so I thought that these links would help…



Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3: (Brazil)

Day 4-7:

Day 8-9:

Some Polar Express Sites:



Hope this helps!

Kristen 🙂

P.S. I promise to be back soon with some new posts…I’ve got a busy one and a half weeks right now, and haven’t been taking many pictures–although I need to because it reminds me why I do my job!  Seeing the excitement I see through the lens of the children in my classroom when they are learning new things is the best!! 🙂

The Gingerbread Man

Hi Everyone!

We are getting ready to ramp up for gingerbread season! 🙂  I wanted to remind you that all of the gingerbread letters that you see used in my units are available for purchase.  I have two different sets of letters for sale this year because we’ve changed the unit a little bit.

The first set we used in 08-09 and 09-10 (these include more holiday references)

The second set we used in 10-11 and will use them again this year (these are less tied into holidays and more about folk and fairy tales).

There are buttons to purchase both on my Kristen’s Kindergarten Store blog (see the right hand side of the blog and scroll down until you find it).

Let me know if you have any questions about them!

Kristen 🙂

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