TITLE: THE GINGERBREAD MAN TRAIL AUTHOR: Rosemary Valdez; San Juan Elementary San Juan Pueblo, N.M. 86566 GRADE LEVEL: K-2 OVERVIEW: This activity is used at the beginning of the year to help children acclimate to the school surroundings and to match school employees with their jobs. PURPOSE: The purpose of this lesson is to present a fun, memorable way for children to learn where the secretary, principal, nurse, janitor, cafeteria, playground, and other grade levels are located and at the same time matching a face and job with each of these locations and its importance to the functioning of the school. OBJECTIVE(s): The objective of this lesson is to introduce the community of the school and its environment, who is involved with the school and where each of these people and functions are located. RESOURCES/MATERIALS: Various versions of the Gingerbread Man story camera gingerbread man pattern map of the school environment recipe for gingerbread ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: 1. Read as many different versions of the story, "The Gingerbread Man." Discuss how the Gingerbread Man on his journey met many different animals and people. 2. Children should be acclimated to their room environment, and begin to discuss the environment outside of the room. Take pictures of each person and their respective work areas, or the area outside that the children need to be familiar with. Introduce these people at whatever pace you feel is comfortable. Discuss each job and its importance, or each are and its use. As you finish the discussion, place a picture on the appropriate spot on the school map you have drawn. 3. When you have finished discussing and mapping the school environment, invite the people you have been studying to come in and talk with the class. (The students enjoy meeting and talking with these people.) 4. Finally, have the children draw a picture of their favorite school helper and say why they chose that person. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: The culminating activity is done through cooking. With the children's help, make a giant gingerbread man. Make arrangements to have him cooked in the school's kitchen. Students help you take him to the kitchen and be placed in the oven. (At this point you need to arrange to have someone go to the kitchen and take the gingerbread man back to your room while you are on your tour of the school.) When it is time to go and get your gingerbread man, the cooks inform the children that they went to check on him and when they opened the door the gingerbread man popped out and ran into the cafeteria, so begins your tour of the school. (Please be sure to inform in advance the people and rooms you will be visiting that you are coming and let them know where to direct you and the students next.) When you have visited all locations and have found that the gingerbread man has gotten away, you return to your room to find the gingerbread man waiting for you. The next and last step is obvious...you eat him. Following your snack, go back and retrace your steps using your map. This activity has worked well in my class. It is one that the children love to recall and later on in their school years continue to remember.
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