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Gingerbread Phonics

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Gingerbread Phonics

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 15- to 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Martha Cheney

Huson, Montana

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Flagstaff, Arizona


International Literacy Association



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This lesson uses familiar words from The Gingerbread Man to help early readers learn letter–sound correspondence. Students begin with a teacher-conducted shared reading of the story. As students listen, they read the words in the refrain along with the teacher. After the third hearing of the story, students choose their favorite words from the story and identify the sounds that the letters make in the words. Students conclude the lesson by using the newly learned words in an online story of their own creation.

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Picture Match: Students can practice their knowledge of letter-sound correspondence with this interactive matching game.

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Moustafa, M., & Maldonado-Colon, E. (1999). Whole-to-part phonics instruction: Building on what children know to help them know more. The Reading Teacher, 52, 448–458.

  • Context helps early readers make sense of print.

  • Familiar language is easier for earlier readers to comprehend than unfamiliar language.



Moustafa, M. (2002). Research on Effective Reading Instruction, K–4.

This article summarizes some pertinent research regarding effective reading instruction.

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