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January 12, 2016

Gingerbread in Kindergarten

I know, I know. But, Kristen! You're supposed to teacher your Gingerbread unit in December. Yeah, well. I didn't. haha! I chose to move this unit to January because I was doing SO much in December. (Holidays Around the World Unit) I didn't want to just glaze over it. So now in January we are diving in deep. 

I loved turning my classroom into a gingerbread house! My aide helped me put it up this year, which was huge! Made all the difference.

For our art project of the week we made some adorable gingerbread cookies. 

So on to this week. There are so many great resources online and TpT for Gingerbread. I did not need to make much to accompany my unit. Click here to grab my differentiated ten-frame center.

When I do a themed unit I try and plan my centers to around the theme. Obviously, this week in gingerbread. Click here to see what the centers looked like for the week.

I had to restructure my day a bit and teach science earlier so they could observe what happens when the cookie is in the water. This will inspire them to keep him, dry during their stem activity.

For one of our math problem solving we used this freebie from the Moffatt Girls (because she just rocks!)

We also reviewed ordinal numbers with this freebie from Kindergarten Smiles. To save time I cut the letters out for my students. This way we could get right down to our learning. Since I did this, it also helped them review letter identification, "find the e". A sentence strip turned out to be perfect for this project. Except my cookie didn't fit, so for the kids I will shrink it a little. (I ended up using this as my teacher led math center so I could identify strengths and weaknesses with my students.)

Here is the recipe I found for my play-dough.

My floor was a mes the first time because I forgot to put down a table cloth. Whoops. Oh well, they had a blast! ( And the play dough stayed soft!! WIN!)

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