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Best of Series: How to Catch a Gingerbread Man—with FREE Download!

Editor's Note: This blog was previously published, we're re-sharing it as part of our 'Best of' series, a look back at some of our most popular blogs.


This is a guest post from teacher and blogger Elizabeth Hall.  

Hi all! Let me tell you, during the past few weeks we have been able to read some fantastic holiday books. We spent an entire week reading and comparing different versions of The Gingerbread Man. I like doing a week of gingerbread stories because it gives you the option of being “holiday-ish” without having to talk about Christmas. Even though you might love Christmas, not every child in your class celebrates it. Gingerbread stories give you the feeling of Christmas, and students don’t feel like they are being left out of a celebration. It’s a win-win situation!

We completed our first "how-to" writing activity after having read Gingerbread stories since Monday. The students had plenty of time to compare the characters, discuss the settings, and debate over which was their favorite story.

We talked about step-by-step writing for the first time. I had every student hold up four fingers. Each time I would use a “writing word,” they would put a finger down. I had them practice with their partners. I kept the words up on the board after we brainstormed and did several together.

We discussed how writers have to use steps to organize their thoughts. We will have many more step-by-step “how-to” writing activities this year. This was our first attempt, and I was impressed by how well they did!

They didn’t need too much help from me. I continued to remind them about using their transitional words. I was very happy with how they turned out! I hope this blog post with printouts (download here) is a resource that will be helpful to you in the classroom! 



This is my fifth year as a kindergarten teacher. The best part of kindergarten is watching a child fall in love with reading. It has become my passion to show children the possibilities and amazing adventures literature can offer. I love watching their eyes light up when they tell me they can read their favorite book, or they can’t wait to go back to the library! I have the best job in the world!

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful support system in and out of school. My family lives close and I get to spend a lot of time with them! While I am not at school, I enjoy running, teaching spin class, swimming, playing kickball, spending time with my husband, and traveling. I also have a sheltie named Maggie, which is spoiled rotten. I am married to the best guy in the world, work with wonderful people, and have fabulous students!


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