Hi, friends! The holiday season is upon us... like literally just around the corner! The Gingerbread Man is one of my favorite topics during the month of December. We make gingerbread houses, taste gingerbread cookies, and even make a Gingerbread Man retelling bracelet!
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Of course, we read many different variations of this favorite tale!
One of my favorite renditions is this simple picture book by Parragon Books. The illustrations are vibrant with color, and the text is simple enough for my kiddos to practice their retelling skills.
After reading The Gingerbread Man by Parragon Books, we retell the story using this paper emergent reader and our retelling bracelets.
First, the students will color the bead at the top of each page to match the color of the bead representing that event in the story. Then, we go back and read one page at a time... stopping after each page to add that bead to the pipe cleaner. I like to pass out one bead at a time, but you could certainly create a baggie with the six beads and pipe cleaner ahead of time for each student.
After the students have strung all of the beads, you will need to twist the ends together to create the bracelet. Now, the students can use the beads on the bracelet to retell the story! I like to have them retell the story to a partner. Sometimes, we even bring our booklets and bracelets to other classrooms to share the retelling of “The Gingerbread Man.”
The idea of the retelling bracelet has been around for ages. It really does provide a great visual to help the students better remember the major events in the story.
If you'd like to give this activity a try in your classroom, you will need the following supplies: pipe cleaners, gray or white beads, brown beads, pink beads, black beads, yellow beads, and orange beads.
Plus, you can grab the emergent reader below! I've also included a differentiated copy containing more difficult text, as well as a parent note explaining the bracelet.
Don't forget to head over to this post to read all about how we used our five senses to investigate gingerbread cookies! I have a freebie for you there too!
And you won't want to miss this post all about our Gingerbread House Workshop!
We're also giving away four picture books perfect for the month of December! The best part is... you get to choose the four books!
Now, hop on over to read about more favorite December read alouds and activities!