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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Holiday Writing Freebie

I have a freebie for you tonight.

{Hold the applause}

Every year we do a "Holiday Traditions” writing in 2nd Grade.  It’s an idea our grade partner Erica brought with her to 2nd Grade. {She totally rocks, by the way}.  Each year students decorate a foam gingerbread man and write about their holiday traditions.  In the past, this project was done completely at home, but we decided to take the writing portion, and have students complete it in the classroom this year.

Earlier this week, we sent home a letter explaining the project, as well as the gingerbread men and a graphic organizer for students to complete with their parents.  Later this week, we’ll start our writings.

This really is a wonderful project.  It’s fun as a teacher to hear how other families spend their holiday, and students learn so much about their own traditions along the way.  Win. Win.

I’ve uploaded a general letter explaining the project to families, as well as the graphic organizer and writing paper to Google Docs.  There’s also a rubric to guide families when they’re creating their gingerbread man.

Pretty basic, but definitely a worthwhile holiday project.  Please download it, by clicking the picture below, if any part of it would work for your classroom.

gingerbread project cover

Have a good night friends!



  1. I love this freebie! It couldn't have come at a more perfect time! Thanks so much!

    Covered in Glitter and Glue 

  2. I love all things gingerbread! Thanks for the freebie! :)

    Bren P.
    The Teacher Diaries

  3. What a great way to let students share how they celebrate. Thank you for sharing!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  4. This is a great idea but I do have a question. Are students supposed to decorate the gingerbread men any way they want? Or are students supposed to decorate it a specific way?

  5. Is there a gingerbread man template attached, or do we create one of our own to give them?

    1. Hi! We use foam gingerbread that we buy at AC Moore or Target, but I'm sure there is a template online if you're not wanting to purchase anything!
      Happy Holidays!


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