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Lesson Plan #: AELP-MPS0018
Submitted by: L. Gauvreau
Email: mpaquin951@aol.com
School/University/Affiliation: Morin Heights, Quebec Date: September 6, 1999

Grade Level(s): Kindergarten


  • Mathematics/Process Skills

Duration: 1 week Description: Students looks for clues around the school in order to find the Gingerbread Man.

Goals: Students become familiar with the school and the different versions of the Gingerbread Man. Students use deductive skills in order to find the Gingerbread Man.

Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • listen for hints
  • use deductive reasoning skills
  • draw conclusions
  • count how many Gingerbread men are in class and around the school
  • engage in storytelling
  • Materials:

    • versions of The Gingerbread Man

    As the children become familiar with different versions of The Gingerbread Man, suggest that you bake one. It should cool over night and be ready to eat in the morning. When you return with the children in the morning to eat it, it has vanished. Leave a note giving hints as to where it has gone in the school (or example, it may say that it will go look for a quiet spot to borrow a book and read quietly). As a class, discuss the hints and think of the different possibilities of the Gingerbread’s whereabouts. The note should state that it will take time to get to the next location, so the children must wait after lunch or recess or the next day before going to find it. As you can imagine, when they arrive at the destination, another note is found explaining that he has left again. Leave another clue so the children can search for the Gingerbread man. This lasts all week, and when the children finally find him, well, they do not waste a minute and eat the Gingerbread man right away!

    We have done this activity with many Gingerbread men, and one was found at every location. This kept the children excited, and it was a great math lesson. We had to figure out how many were left running around the school.

    Assessment: Children listen for hints and draw conclusions.