Visual Plans: Gingerbread Freebie and Kindness Elves

07 December 2014
Last week we started our gingerbread unit.  I am sorry I did not get to post my visual plans last week.  My first graders absolutely love the gingerbread man books and the activities we did.  Their favorite was the gingerbread man experiment.  It is a freebie by Abby Mullins, you can snag it here!

I apologize for the gingerbread heads on my students, but I don't want to share their faces publicly.  You can still tell that they were SHOCKED by what happened in the experiment. 

We also went on a gingerbread hunt.  Jodi of Fun in First made this adorable freebie!  Here is the (link).  The kids had a blast!

We also made gingerbread play dough!  They loved it.  Here are the half class and individual recipes. 
 Just click to download for free. 

We made gingerbread glyphs.  I thought it was so funny that most of the kids loved the books where the gingerbread man gets eaten best.

We also completed a gingerbread themed make ten to add project.

Here are my plans for this week:
Just click to download!  I am sorry but I did not add the links to file...It just takes way too long and I still have to print and cut some centers for school tomorrow.   I did not get any comments last week about not posting my plans, so I am wondering if it is even worth all the extra time to add the links.  I would appreciate your feedback.  Do you mind not having the clickable links in the download?

I am linking up with my rockstar friend, Deedee.  Um, how does she get her visual plans done each week on time and with all the links?  I am just so impressed.

We will be tying up our gingerbread unit with a gingerbread taste test graphtivity.  I plan to update the packet with a photo of the page topper once I make it.  I don't have any brown construction paper left at home!

This week we introduce the Kindness Elf!  I added a letter to the packet from the kindness elf.   It is a free download.  If you already downloaded it last week, redownload for the updated letter.

We are going to be utilizing my Teaching Compassion at Christmas Time unit.

I hope you all have a great week!  


  1. I do love the visual plans and look forward to them as well as the links. Last week I thought it wasn't posted because of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, TpT Cyber Sales, it being the first of December, you know life, etc....Thanks for all you do!

    1. Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. Yes, it was crazy with the sale and Thanksgiving last week. Sometimes, I wonder if anyone even reads these posts, so I do appreciate the feedback.

  2. I love your visual plans and links. I figured your plans didn't get posted because of the Holiday, we all have lives outside of school too!

  3. I love your plans but I don't need the links. I know it takes a long time to get that stuff done.

  4. We are loving your kindness elf activities! We are having fun spreading the Christmas Cheer! Thanks!! Lora

  5. I just discovered your blog and was blown away by your plans and posts! I appreciate all you do and feel like we're colleagues--even though I'm here in Los Angeles. Thanks for your wonderful resources!

  6. Yes, yes, yes, I LOVE your visual plans and the links! I so appreciate all you do to help us. Please continue to post!!!!!! When your visual plans aren't there, I just figure you are on overload and it will appear eventually. Thanks for everything you do!


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