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Gingerbread Kids: A Listing and Sequencing Lesson

Posted by Sally Hosokawa on Dec 22, 2016 3:45:00 PM

The holidays bring so many seasonal joys to the neighborhood--decorations, carols, gifts, and more! Perhaps the most anticipated part, however, is the bountiful sweets and treats that we can only enjoy once a year. 

Children love joining their parents in the kitchen. Why not bring this exciting experience to the classroom with Gingerbread KidsPart of the Story World Real World series, Gingerbread Kids is leveled at Guided Reading Level K.


Before reading:

  • Ask your students if they have ever baked in the kitchen. What did they bake? What was the experience like?
  • What is a gingerbread cookie? What does it taste like? Write down adjectives that describe gingerbread cookies on the board. Has anyone baked a gingerbread cookie before?

Page 6:

  • One-by-one, read and discuss the list of ingredients to make gingerbread cookies. Ask your students if they’ve eaten or baked with each ingredient before. If so, what does it taste like?
  • Use the glossary to look up the definition of
  • What do the numbers represent? (Measurements; or, in other words, how much of an ingredient you need.) Why are these numbers important?

Page 7:

  • How is the list on this page different from the list on the previous page?


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  • Discuss the function of lists, using the 2 ingredients lists and your adjective lists as a guide. In the case of ingredients, the lists help us easily understand different items that go into making gingerbread cookies. In case of adjectives, the list gives us a lot of information in a concise fashion.

Sequencing activity for guided reading:

  • Photocopy pages 6 for each student. Using pages 8−13, ask students to number each item on the ingredients list as they are used. For example, “flour, baking soda, and ginger” will be numbered 1, 2, and 3 because they are used at the very beginning of the baking process.
  • This sequencing activity is not only useful for baking, but will also help students improve their comprehension skills for narrative plots!



If you have time, don’t forget to check out the classic story, The Gingerbread Man, that inspired Gingebread Kids.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Let us know in the comments below!


Click the image below to download an informational sheet about the Story World Real World Series, which includes the books featured in this blog post.

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Topics: Story World, Real World, Holiday, Sequencing

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Posted by Lesley Boatright on Mar 19, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Lesley_Boatright-150This is a guest post by Lesley Boatright. If you like what you see here, check back frequently for more posts, click here to see her other posts, and click here to read her blog, Practice Makes Perfect.

As part of dental health unit, I made a sequencing activity integrating literature with informational texts by using the fiction story Brush! Brush! Brush! from the Kaleidoscope Collection and Terrific Teeth, an informational text from Story World Real World. We started with Terrific Teeth.

This book teaches children about why different animals have teeth and also about different types of teeth. The children were really interested to learn that herbivores and carnivores have differently shaped teeth. They studied each other's teeth and came to the conclusion that humans have both types of teeth.

After the children reached that conclusion, I continued reading about the teeth of omnivores. They were fascinated by the fact that humans are considered omnivores because we eat both plants and meat. The book then goes on to give other interesting facts about teeth, such as which animal has the biggest teeth and which animal has the most teeth.

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After piquing the children's interest with the informational text, we then moved on to taking care of our teeth. First, I had the children brainstorm how they take care of their teeth by working with a partner to draw a picture of something they do to take care of their teeth. Then we used the pictures to sequence their daily dental-care routine. Things that didn't fit into the sequence, like visiting the dentist or limiting sweets, went into an "also" category. Then the children completed a how-to-brush-your-teeth writing and craft project.

Finally, we read Brush! Brush! Brush! and compared our own sequences to the sequence in the story. We found out that we actually know quite a bit about taking care of our teeth!


If you would like a copy of the tooth-brushing sequencing packet, you can download it below.


For more information about the series shown in this post, Kaleidscope Collection and Story World Real World, click the images on the left below to download series information sheets with key features. To download the lesson packet, click the image to the right.

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