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Gingerbread Baby Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Gingerbread Baby will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of patience and taking ownership, this Gingerbread Baby picture book by Jan Brett is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with Gingerbread Baby Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Gingerbread Baby. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Gingerbread Baby reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

GINGERBREAD BABY SUMMARY

In Jan Brett’s Gingerbread Baby, a young boy named Matti is baking a gingerbread boy with his mother. Matti is so excited that he opens the oven too early and out jumps a gingerbread baby! Matti’s mother and father start to chase after the Gingerbread Baby. Soon, the whole village is trying to catch the Gingerbread Baby. Meanwhile, Matti is at home baking again. 

The Gingerbread Baby runs through the village into a clearing where he sees a gingerbread house just his size. He runs inside the house and when everyone catches up, the Gingerbread Baby has disappeared. When Matti’s parents return home to tell him they couldn’t catch the cookie, Matti is a holding the gingerbread house and the Gingerbread Baby is happy living inside.

GINGERBREAD BABY LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Gingerbread Baby, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Gingerbread Baby reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making inferences
  • summarizing and retelling
  • analyzing setting
  • analyzing illustrations
  • plot (problem and solution)
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect
  • rhyme, rhythm and repetition

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • patience
  • taking ownership

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • possessive nouns
  • suffixes
    prepositions
  • compound words

GINGERBREAD BABY ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Gingerbread Baby book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Gingerbread Baby?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD580L
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • DRA Level: 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Jan Brett. It was illustrated by Jan Brett.

What genre is Gingerbread Baby?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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