Kindergarten students at John Paulding have a mission – to find a missing gingerbread man and they are setting traps to catch him!
This holiday themed activity is all part of STEM activity teaching and reinforcing important skills, like planning, creating and improving a task.
The Foundation of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns funded this STEM project, and because of them, we were able to purchase all of the supplies and literature needed to make this a successful project!
The children compared two books, The Gingerbread Boy and The Gingerbread Girl, to study and compare story elements.
Now they are constructing traps based on the text, “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.”
Some classes are using Legos, others popsicle sticks, clay and boxes. Many of the students are leaving candy as bait to catch the cookie.
James O’Connell and William Siguenza drew a design that included money and candy just in case the cookie wants to become rich! All the students seem to agree that catching a gingerbread man would be tasty!