The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett is the much-loved story of the gingerbread man retold with a delightful twist! Somebody opened the oven door before the gingerbread man was finished baking and out jumped the Gingerbread Baby!
Your students will love this delightful story.
How to Use it in Your Classroom
BEFORE READING: Making Predictions & Accessing Schema
Most of your students have heard the traditional version of the Gingerbread Man. Show the book cover and ask them to tell about any stories they have heard about the gingerbread man.
Use the included Venn diagram organizer to record their prior knowledge, and then use it to compare and contrast with Gingerbread Baby after you read.
DURING READING: Observing & Predicting
As you read the story, encourage your students to make predictions about what will happen next. Jan Brett's illustrations are rich with hints about what may happen next in the side panels.
Take a look at Matti in this illustration. He is not out hunting for his Gingerbread Baby – but he is up to something. . .
AFTER READING: Retelling & Extending Learning
This story provides a doorway into many fun and engaging gingerbread activities! Your students will be delightfully engaged as they learn in cross-curricular areas.
Language Arts Activities:
Retelling using the Flap Book
After you have finished reading, engage students in the retelling process with the four-flap book, recalling the Characters, Setting, Problem, and Solution.
- literacy centers
- partner activity
- morning work
- whole-class activity
Reading to Self:
Notice the gingerbread baby on his shoulder. 🙂
- Task Cards in Math Centers
- ‘Solve the Room'
- ‘Solve the Room' with Partners