It was another wonderful day at school. My kindergarten through second grade classes really enjoyed playing “Gingerbread Jam.” There was a lot of teamwork, with students really cooperating and working together to play the game. The first grade teacher commented at lunch, “Thank you. We really appreciated the work you did in class today. The students really enjoyed it.” I just love it when learning is fun.
I have really enjoyed telling the story “Gingerbread Man.” It’s a classic but I’ve jazzed it up with fun rhythm and rhyme and the students are constantly singing the chorus around the school. Classes I visit for the first time are already singing the refrain to me before I even begin the story! Here is a picture of me telling the story to kindergarteners.
In the second grade class I visited, the teacher, Ms. Vizzini, gave me a brilliant idea (it was so obvious that I hit myself in the head for not thinking of it first)! Sometimes you just need a fresh point of view… Anyway, she suggested that I use little Dixie cups to roll the dice. The students shake the cup and turn it upside down, capturing the die. That way, dice aren’t rolling all over the table and onto the floor. Terrific idea. Thanks, Ms. Vizzini!
My third through fifth grade classes were delightful. Third grade was assigned “Sody Sallyraytus,” fourth grade was assigned “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and fifth grade was assigned “The Gingerbread Man.” They story mapped their tales and will be creating board games based on those stories next week. Here is a third grade student working on her story map.
Here is a picture of a 5th grade student looking over his “Stories on Board” worksheet.
What was really cool was that my 5th graders requested that I sing the chorus of “The Gingerbread Man” again before I left the class. Again, another fabulous day. I just love what I do! 🙂
Until next time… Happy Tales to You!