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The Gingerbread Cowboy Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Gingerbread Cowboy will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, teaching ideas, and information about the book. All of this will help you plan your next interactive read aloud.

With themes of modesty and trustworthiness, this The Gingerbread Cowboy picture book by Janet Squires is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You’ll have to add it to your list of gingerbread man books! It will be a big hit in your classroom!

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

  1. Read a summary of The Gingerbread Cowboy. 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 The Gingerbread Cowboy reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY SUMMARY

“Giddyup, giddyup, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” In this fractured fairytale, the Gingerbread Man jumps out of the oven from the rancher and his wife. What animals will he pass? How will the story end? Read to find out! Teaching morals of safety and trust, this story is retold with a Wild West flair.

THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY 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 The Gingerbread Cowboy, 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 The Gingerbread Cowboy reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • sequencing
  • analyzing character
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • modesty
  • trustworthiness

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • repetition
  • possessive nouns
  • suffix -ed

THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY 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
The Gingerbread Cowboy book companion
elementary teacher asking her students a question about the picture book she is reading

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The Gingerbread Cowboy sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Gingerbread Cowboy?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD580L
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • DRA Level: 20 – 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.8

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Janet Squires. It was illustrated by Holly Berry.

What genre is The Gingerbread Cowboy?

It is a fairy tales, folk tales, or fables 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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