Monday, December 9, 2013

It's All About The Gingerbread and Story Elements In 2nd Grade

Happy snow day from the Oregon coast! I'm enjoying my extra day to plan and create... and do a bit of cooking. Can't every day be a snow day?!?
Be prepare for a lot of photos... I mean, a lot! 

Last week we spent our literature block reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man. It has been a great way to start the holiday season and the kids are just eating up the different versions of this classic story. All in the name of Common Core compare and contrast story elements! I read some of the stories aloud to the class, and together students mapped out the story elements on a worksheet of their own, and I created the anchor chart below. 

To continue down the scaffold train (whole-group to small-group), I divided my second graders into cooperative learning groups of 4 or 5 kids and had each group pick a version of The Gingerbread Man that they were interested in reading as a group. The objectives of the lesson was for the students to read their version of The Gingerbread Man and work together to map out the story elements. 

I was absolutely amazed at the engagement while in their cooperative learning groups. Every group met the objectives. Each student had a particular section of the graphic organizer that they were in-charge of. The group members held each other accountable if  group member was goofing around... my class turned into a dream class! 

Tomorrow, the kids will do a quick presentation of their story and I'll add to the class anchor chart we created. 

Here's a peak of my kids' work. They may not all be pretty, but they're complete and show me that we're well on our way to mapping story elements independently. Yay! 

Here's a copy of this story element graphic organizer. I enlarged mine and printed it on 11 x 14" paper. I hope your students enjoy working together to map out a Gingerbread Man story! Just click on the picture to be taken to a Google doc

Tomorrow, I'm going to introduce my students to writing literary book reports. That sounds scary, especially for second graders, but I made a little holiday lights craftivity to make it more fun and festive! I can't wait till they're finished and I can hang them up in the hallway! I'll be sure to snap a few photos and post them on the blog. 

Click on the picture below to be taken to my TPT store to snag your copy of this story element display craftivity! 

What are you doing to make the days counting down till Christmas more exciting??



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  2. Thank you for your Gingerbread activity. My kids will enjoy doing this together!

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