Jan 17, 2013

GIANT Gingerbread Fun!

Sickness is going around and around.  As teachers, we try to brave it, but sometimes it gets us. :)  Monday, our Curious Friend Karen was out with no sub. Is that a problem in your district too?  For some reason or another, we can't get subs!  It's frustrating, but it also helps us pull out all kinds of creativeness.  :)

So... on Monday.... Natalie and I quick called each other on the way to school and came up with a Gingerbread Day!  After my two drop offs, I ran into this great store  Kroger logo and headed STRAIGHT to the after Christmas sale.  There I found these....

They are GIANT Gingerbread cookies.  At 70% off, I got them for $1.89 EACH!!!!!  At first they rang up as 6.82, but I quick asked the sweet self checkout lady and she disappeared for a little bit and came back with the new and improved price! :)  First... A FREEBIE for you!!!!
  Click on the pictures to grab your free copy.  :)
I found the gingerbread on Google Images.  The fonts were HelloSpot by Jen Jones and MTF Sweet Cheeks by Miss Tina Fonts.   Go check them out!
 
 

 This is what we found inside.  We split up our firsties into groups and set them to work.  First on the agenda was planning out where to place their gumdrops and peppermints.  They were so engaged!  :)  Next, they had to exhibit LOTS of self control while one person at a time placed their chosen candy.   When our firsties were finished, they had to sketch an accurate representation of their Gingerbread Man.  Most did an UH-Mazing job!   
After all this fun, we measured with our leftover gumdrops, graphed, and did a few math problems. 
Finally, our day ended with How-To Eat a Gingerbread Cookie.  We used parts of this packetGingerbread Description Freebie from Lori over at Teaching with Love and Laughter.  Click on the picture to go to her FREEBIE packet. 
Here's what the end of our day looked like.
 


 
 
 
 It was a GREAT day of learning even though we were one of our best men down.

8 comments:

  1. So great Maria! Love a super sale find. Bet your kiddos had a blast! Thanks for sharing :)
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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    1. The LOVED this! We overheard many of them telling their parents about it at pick up after school. Makes my heart sing! :)

      Maria

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  2. This is so cute! Thank you for the freebie!! We have the same problem getting subs. I hope you stay healthy!
    Owl Things First

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    1. Thanks so much sweet friend! I don't so much worry about myself staying healthy, it's my little ladies that I need to keep healthy. Maybe I could invent a bubble of some sort to keep them in until summer break! :)

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  3. I wish that I would not have missed this great lesson! You are an amazing teacher!

    Em

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    1. You missed for such a GREAT reason! It was a lot of fun and would have been better with you there! We missed ya tons!!!!
      Maria

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  4. Way to go, Lady! Somehow those crazy days turn into ones the students never forget!

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    1. So right! Hopefully they will remember it forever and make connections to all the stuff we were learning. :) Hopefully we'll see you soon1!!!!
      Maria

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