I wanted my students to have a project to do once we had read all of the books. I had seen a few ideas on Pinterest involving building a bridge for the Gingerbread Man. So, I decided to give it a try, using only items I already had.
I rummaged through my arts and craft drawers for some supplies. and then assembled kits for each team to start with. Once they were started they could request more from the bridge supply store. (Parent Helper). I divided my class into groups of 3, making sure that each team had students who could work well together and not have one student who would do all the work.
Work with your team to build a bridge over the river (tub) for the gingerbread man to cross.
Each tub consisted of :
- popsicle sticks
- mini popsicle sticks
- egg cartons cut in half
- pipe cleaners
- toilet paper tubes
At the end of the day we invited the parents to come in and take a look at our wonderful creations. each team had a different approach as to how they used the materials. Some had very sturdy bridges with ladders others had staircases and tunnels.
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These are all the books that we read the past few weeks. I love all the different versions. I think that the Gingerbread Pirate and the Gingerbread Baby are two of my favorites.
Who knew there could be so many? Believe it or not I actually have more. It is sort of an obsession of mine. I love the Gingerbread Man/Boy/Girl.... It is such a great story to use for retelling too. Next year I think we'll turn it into a play.
Tell me in the comments, did I leave out one of your favorite Gingerbread stories? Also, if you have ideas for other STEM projects for January, I'd love to hear your ideas.