Ok my kids can not get enough of this man. What man? The Gingerbread Man!
Quite frankly I am a bit tired of him. However, as I was introducing my students to dialogue, more specifically, adding dialogue to their writing. We had gotten to the lesson where I teach my students to use other words for said. AKA: Put said to bed, or Said is Dead.
I have to preface this by saying that I was also being observed this day. My kids didn't do so well. Let's just say that my students did a WONDERFUL job of identifying the sound words and using them in a sentence. Ie: Ms. M was screaming. What I wanted them to do was Ms. M was screaming "stop"! Or She was outside whispering. When I wanted, I whispered "sit down."
After talking extensively about this. I got an epiphany. We just happened to be reading The Gingerbread Pirates that week. It is chalked full "other words for said". I took that famous Gingerbread man quote and tweaked it. Here is what changed it to, "Run, run as fast as I can you can't catch me!" ________, the Gingerbread man. So I whipped up this fancy sheet.
GB Man Dialogue
GB Man Dialogue
Then I had my students decorate and added some foam Gingerbread men I found in the Target Dollar Spot. Here is what it looks like finished.
My students really seemed to understand after this lesson. In my opinion it was a hit.
I couldn't leave my Kinder kids out of the Gingerbread fun. I only had them trace the original quote and decorate a GB man. Here is that freebie.
Hope you find it useful and will file it away for next year. :) I got one more activity to post about. I hope that I can get that up later this week for you all. Hope you are enjoying your break.