Beacon Lesson Plan Library
Pasco County Schools
Students will sort by different attributes and name the sorting rule they used to sort their gingerbread men.
The student sorts and classifies objects by color, shape, size, or kind.
-Mini gingerbread man cookies at least one per student
-[The Gingerbread Man] by Jim Aylesworth, Barbara McClintock, llustrator. School & Library Binding. April 1998 or [Gingerbread Baby] by Jan Brett. Spoken Arts, Incorporated. January 2001, or any other story about The Gingerbread Man
-Gingerbread men patterns to sort (see attached file each student needs at least 8 different gingerbread men of different colors and sizes)
-Colored copy paper
-Plastic bags to put the cut out gingerbread men into, one for each student
1. Download and duplicate copies of the gingerbread men sheets original size on different colored copy paper.
2. Reduce size of gingerbread men sheets by 50 % on a copy machine and duplicate copies on different colored copy paper.
3. Each student needs at least 8 different gingerbread men of different colors and sizes. Cut them out and put them into small plastic bags, one bag for each student, for easy distribution.
4. Have the story of [The Gingerbread Man] available to read to the class.
5. Purchase mini gingerbread men cookies.
This lesson should occur after the students have been introduced to sorting and have had many opportunities to practice sorting a variety of materials in the classroom.
1. Distribute mini gingerbread man cookies for students to eat while listening to the story.
2. Ask the students if any of them know anything about gingerbread men.
3. Read the story [The Gingerbread Man].
4. Discuss how the gingerbread man looked. Discuss how could he be different if we made him ourselves.
5. Explain same/different. Show examples within the classroom. Have students give examples. Briefly discuss their observations and give corrective feedback.
6. Distribute a bag of the gingerbread men to each student.
7. Ask the students if all of their gingerbread men are the same. Briefly discuss their observations and give corrective feedback.
8. Have the students sort their gingerbread men into two groups. Have the students pair up and share the sorting rule they used for their gingerbread men.
9. Repeat the procedure several times using a different sorting rule.
10. Pass out a sheet of paper to each student. Have the students glue their gingerbread men to the paper using one of the sorting rules they used.
11. Encourage the students to share these with the whole class. As they do this write the sorting rule on the sheets. Display them in the classroom.
Formatively assess students sorting and classifying objects by color, shape, size, or kind. Specifically the teacher is looking for a sorting rule that the student can explain verbally. For example, the eyes are the same, or they are all blue, or the buttons are all triangles.
Make real gingerbread men. Decorate with sprinkles, icing, raisins etc. Before eating, have the students compare them to see if any match or can be sorted using a sorting rule.
Web supplement for Gingerbread GeniusJan Brett Coloring Sheet
Web supplement for Gingerbread GeniusJan Brett Gingerbread recipe
Web supplement for Gingerbread GeniusJan BrettGingerbread Baby House
Web supplement for Gingerbread GeniusJanet Brett Baby Icing