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Christmas Unit REVISED!

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Take me back Tuesday! Gingerbread Man Play and Ornaments!


I'm linking up with my sweet friend, Hope King for Take Me Back Tuesday.
Here's a post I did a few years ago about our Gingerbread Man play and Christmas Ornaments.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!


My class performed, The Gingerbread Man which is an awesome play written by Heidi Butkus.  It is the perfect play for young kids.  The songs are easy to learn and the play is so stinking cute! I LOVE it!
Heidi also has other plays that are awesome.  She has The Mitten and The Wide Mouthed Bullfrog.  
We are going to perform The Wide Mouthed Bullfrog in the spring.  I have never been able to find plays that are more appropriate for young kids.  I can't say enough about them! http://www.heidisongs.com/
I can't show pictures of my little sweeties but I thought I'd share pictures of our props and costumes.

This is the stage.  Our props include an oven, a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to stand on and a Gingerbread House.  On each side of the Gingerbread House you can see the Christmas Tree costumes.  These costumes have to be put on once everyone is on stage and in place because they are too cumbersome to walk in.


This is our oven.  I love the "Dr. Seussical" Look

This is what it looks like when you open the oven doors.  The inside is painted black and the back of the oven is a black curtain.  The inside is large enough for our gingerbread girl to hide inside.
The little boy and girl put this "cookie" inside the oven and close the doors.  Once the doors close the Gingerbread girl who is hiding behind the oven lifts up the curtain, removes the cookie and sneaks inside.  Imagine the audiences surprise when the little boy and little girl open the oven and the Gingerbread Girl jumps out!

This is the costume that the Gingerbread Girl wears.

                                                                This is the fox costume.
This is the costume for the little pigs.  (we added this character to the play)

This is the costume for the bears.

This is the costume for the little girl.

This is the costume for the Christmas Tree.

The characters also include a little boy, old woman, old man and farmers. 
I didn't take pictures of their costumes for some reason.  :(

                                          Our lolipop and peppermint Christmas tree for the stage.


A close up of one of the lollipops.  The kids made these by painting chinette plates and adding glitter.
We then added a paint stick, cellophane and ribbon.



A close up of the letters.  These were made using styrofoam board, paint and glitter.



Holiday Ornaments!

We made all of these ornaments in small group rotations.

                                                 Santa ornaments made with our handprints.




Reindeer ornaments using our thumbprints.


Monogrammed ornaments.  The kids painted polka dots using a paint pen and then I added a sticker for their name.


Snowman ornaments.  We added little styrofoam balls to the inside of the balls and then the kids used a paint pen to add the snowman face.  They chose the color for their earmuffs and then we hot glued them on.  These turned out so cute!




These balls turn out beautiful.  The picture does not to do them justice.  To make these balls you need several different colors of glitter, tacky glue (that isn't water proof), a medicine cup and a microwave.
Add some glue to the medicine cup and heat it for 7 seconds.  Add a little bit of water to thin the glue and pour it into the glass ornaments (this should be enough for two ornaments).  Have the kids swirl the glue around to coat the inside of the ornament.  Then, have them choose 2 or 3 colors of glitter.  Add the glitter and then have them swirl it around until the entire inside of the ornament is covered.  Add the top and voila!




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Here are some of the pictures from the Gingerbread unit.


In December we read different versions of the Gingerbread Man and discussed the similarities and differences in the stories.  This is one of the anchor charts we made.


After reading the first story I asked them what the Gingerbread Man could have done differently.  They came up with some really good answers.  Some examples were, "He could have ran around the river,"  "He could have ran back the way he came and went under their legs."  and "He should have just swam across the river by himself!"   The last answer is the one I always hope one of the Kindies will say because it leads right into our Science Experiment.  The kids make a hypothesis about what they think would have happened to the Gingerbread Man if he had swam across by himself.  Then, we put a gman cookie in a little tub of water to observe and record what happens.   (I forgot to take a picture).  I've included a recording sheet in the unit to use with this experiment.  

Gingerbread Man Pie Chart


 We took a bite of our gingerbread man cookie and made a pie graph to show which part we bit first.
The directions, recording sheets and colorful words are included in my Gingerbread Man packet which can be found here.


Gingerbread Man Literature and Math Journal


In our response journals we drew pictures and wrote about the ending of the stories.




This is one of our Math Word problems.  I read the problem to the kids and then they have a go at it.  Afterwards, we work the problem together and discuss all of the different strategies that they used to solve the problem. 
It says,  I made six cookies.  I want to share them with two of my friends.  How can we share them equally? 

This shows one of the charts.  Some of the kids counted by 1's, some counted by 3's and some of them counted on from 3 to solve the problem.

 This is one of our Literacy centers.  We sorted gingerbread man cookies into the cookie jars based on the number of syllables.  Then, they made a syllable flip book to record their learning.

This is an emergent reader I wrote for our unit.  Our focus words are he, she.  The girls wrote the word she and the boys wrote the word he.  This isn't included in my Gingerbread Man unit because I used Djinkers clipart.  But I've included it here as a free download.




We have been working on the Chunky Monkey strategy to help us when we are reading unknown words.  We circled all of the popcorn words that we found in the Gingerbread book and we underlined all of the chunks that we know.

 These are our Gingerbread glyphs.  Aren't they cute?  I love activities that incorporate reading, math AND fun!  The kids cut all of their own pieces so they all turn out unique.  

This is the book that goes along with the glyph.  






If you purchased my Gingerbread Unit before I added all of these extra goodies then you want to head back over and grab the extra pages.  I added the glyph book and all of the directions to the packet.  


My original intent for this Bubble Map was for it to be about the cookie we just ate.  So the chart was originally titled Gingerbread Bubble Map.   As we were brainstorming adjectives to describe the cookie one of my little smarties said, "trusting."  When I asked her to explain her answer she said, "Well he was way too trusting.  He shouldn't have trusted the fox because he has sharp teeth and crazy eyes."  Oh. my word y'all!  Isn't that smart?

I just love when the unexpected happens.  So this of course was the perfect time to teach them about using a carrot when you need to insert information.  Thus, the rather messy looking chart below where I had to use a carrot to add the word Man to the chart.  After that discussion another child said, "Yeah, he was so foolish!"  I die.  :)
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