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The Gingerbread Pirates Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Gingerbread Pirates will love this post. For example, it recommends a book companion based on the book. This resource includes writing prompts, reading comprehension questions, and more. In addition, it includes tons of helpful information for teachers. Specifically, it includes the book’s summary, reading levels, genre and more. You will have what you need to deliver a standards-based interactive read aloud based on this book.

With themes of perseverance and feelings, this The Gingerbread Pirates picture book by Kristin Kladstrup is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of you and your students’ favorite gingerbread man books! It is sure to be one you pick out to read each December. It’s a great one!

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

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

THE GINGERBREAD PIRATES SUMMARY

On Christmas Eve night, Jim and his mother left out pirate gingerbread men for Santa. Jim’s favorite cookie, Captain Cookie, sleeps by his bed. But once the boy is asleep, Captain Cookie goes off to look for his boat and crew. 

 

On his adventure, he runs into the infamous cannibal, Santa. Santa shows the captain that he really is not evil by getting him a ship. When Jim wakes up, Captain Cookie is aboard the ship under the dazzling tree.

THE GINGERBREAD PIRATES 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 Pirates, 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 Pirates reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retell
  • analyzing character
  • ask and answer questions

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • perseverance
  • feelings

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • quotation marks
  • italics
  • contractions

THE GINGERBREAD PIRATES 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 Pirates book companion
six students sitting on the rug listening to a picture book being read aloud by their teacher

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The Gingerbread Pirates sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Gingerbread Pirates?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD530L
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.9

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Kristin Kladstrup.

What genre is The Gingerbread Pirates?

It is an action and adventure 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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