Deasy Kindergartners Make Gingerbread Men


Deasy kindergartners in Christine Maddaloni’s class recently created delicious gingerbread men to gift to a special member in their family.

The gingerbread activity highlighted the students’ recent study of holidays in social studies that concluded with students writing their own books.  

First, the students practiced how to make the shapes of a gingerbread man using play dough. Mrs. Maddaloni gave step-by-step instructions on how to roll the play dough and how big to make each piece. After students grasped the technique, they washed their hands and were ready for the gingerbread dough. Once they finished making the body, students used raisins to make the face and buttons. Class-parent volunteers took the cookies home and baked them for the students. Once they returned to the class, the students placed his or her cookie into a decorated paper bag for a family member.

After the students made their cookies, they enjoyed reading “The Gingerbread Man” with their teacher. The students then learned how to write books   using Writing Workshop, a new program initiated by the district in partnership with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.