We have been reading various versions of The Gingerbread Man in the month of December. On the Thursday before break we acted out the story with some Gingerbread Man cookies!
When the Gingerbread Man arrived at the river, he met a fox. The fox offered to help.
(We think the fox was trying to trick the Gingerbread Man, not trying to be nice)
The fox said, "Come jump on my back. I will help you get across the river!)
Then he said, "The water is rising! Get on my shoulder!"
Then he said, "Quick! The water is rising more. Get on my head!"
The fox said, "The water is still rising! Get on my nose!"
Then, quick as a wink, the fox threw back his head, and flipped the Gingerbread Man into his mouth.
That was the end of the Gingerbread Man!
Ask your child to retell you the story of the Gingerbread Man! See what parts he/she remembers! Post your child's answer in the comments section.
Before we read the story the first time, we did a prediction activity. We read the story most of the way through and then I stopped before the last page. I asked each student to predict what they thought was going to happen when they saw the picture of the Gingerbread Man standing on the fox's nose.
Guesses from the AM class:
OP-A fox ate the Gingerbread Man.
EH-He eat the Gingerbread Man.
HG-He will eat him.
JN-The fox melt in the water.
ZP-I think he going eat him.
CK-He gunna eat him.
Guesses from the PM class:
NP- I think he's gunna eat him.
MV-The Gingerbread Man is going to bake some other GIngerbread Mans.
MP-A dog gunna drown.
EK-The fox gunna eat the Gingerbread Man.
MJ-He's gunna get on his nose.
MM-Then his legs.
SF-The fox is gunna eat the Gingerbread Man.
NR-He's gunna eat him.
JR-The old lady try to catch him.
JB-In the water.
JP-The fox will eat him and the fox will shrink.
PG-He wanna eat him.
KP- He eat it
As you can see, we had some great predictions! This is a skill you can practice at home before you get to the last page of a book. Ask, "What do you think will happen next?"