Kindergarteners Put Icing on the Cross-Curricular Gingerbread Project with S.T.E.A.M. Boat Experiment
FH Kindergarten wrapped up 2017 with an impressive cross-curricular unit centered on Gingerbread. While visions of gingerbread are common during the holiday season, the FH Kindergarten Gingerbread Project was anything but. The unit included lessons in language arts, math, social studies, art, science, engineering and technology.
Language Arts—A classic fairy tale, The Gingerbread Man, laid the foundation for the unit along with more modern versions and iterations, including The Gingerbread Cowboy, The Musubi Man and the Gingerbread Boy. Students summarized some of the variations in writing workshops and later they composed “stretchy” sentences to describe where a gingerbread character of their own making might live.
Social Studies—They compared and contrasted different elements of the stories using Double Bubble Thinking Maps to organize their observations. They observed the range of settings for the stories and how it impacted the characters and plot.
Math—Using Brace Maps, students learned about “parts of a whole” by deconstructing a Gingerbread Man.
Fine Motor Dexterity and Art—Holiday bakers, decorators and crafters will appreciate the skill and patience exhibited by the Kindergarteners as they painstakingly decorated handmade dough characters. Using paint, glue and a variety of embellishments, the students created an army of festive cookie characters, resilient and ready for whatever the holidays would bring.
S.T.E.A.M.—The capstone activity for the Gingerbread Project was to design and build a boat to carry a gingerbread man safely across a body water. Kindergarteners were inspired by the FH Grade 7 Boat Builders, one of the school’s signature projects. FH boat builders are challenged to use creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, curiosity, tenacity, and resilience.
The Gingerbread Project not only captivated the Kindergarteners but FH faculty and staff as well. To watch them light up as they made connections, made predictions and drew conclusions was magical and an inspiring way to end the year! Many thanks to our Kindergarten Team!