Tuesday, December 3, 2013

You Can't Catch Me! I'm Reading the Gingerbread Man!

Nothing says Christmas like the aroma of gingerbread, and nothing says compare and contrast story elements like reading different versions of the Gingerbread Man!

Because I just love Christmastime and want it to last for as long as possible, I started my time back from Thanksgiving break with reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man. I reintroduced story elements to my students, and together, we filled-out our story element graphic organizer {get the freebie HERE}. 

My favorite part of this activity was introducing theme to my second graders. I gave each table group two post-it notes. I had each table discuss the theme, or lesson, of the story and write it down on the post-it and stick it to the board. Their answers were just amazing! 

My favorites were, "You can't run away from your problems" and "Be careful who you trust." Their thoughts really impressed me, and I boosted their egos by telling them they thought of themes I wouldn't have come up with. 

I got a brand new set of Mr. Sketch markers over the break, and so I just HAD to bust them out and use them to make an anchor chart to remember what the different story elements are. I just love, love, love the colors! I never bought the set of 18 before... LOVE! 

Here's another peak at my Gingerbread Man anchor chart. The 'Theme' is blank because I plan on placing my student's post-it notes there. 

Throughout the week, I'll be reading more versions of The Gingerbread Man to my kiddos. We'll continue to compare and contrast story elements, all in the name of loving literature, and the second grade common core of course! 

Here's a few of my favorite Gingerbread Man stories...

I'm always looking for more Gingerbread Man stories to share! If you have a favorite, share it in a comment and I'll have to check it out!

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