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Monday, December 03, 2012

Deer Park Elementary School Students to Get Gingerbread Lesson When Local Author Visits

The Gingerbread Man will help students in grades K-2 at Deer Park Elementary School learn about school geography when local author Laura Murray comes to share her book, The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, on Wednesday, December 12, at 9 a.m. Deer Park Elementary School is a Fairfax County Public School.

Students will participate in a fun and interactive presentation by Murray in the school’s library, where they will find out how a determined and resourceful gingerbread man, inadvertently left behind at recess by the students who made him, finds his way back to his creators. He traverses the school and meets many helpful staff members along the way. Murray’s rendition is a role reversal of the classic gingerbread man story. 

Deer Park kindergarten students spend an entire unit—which begins after Thanksgiving break—using gingerbread-themed activities to learn math, reading, writing, and problem solving. A giant gingerbread house is erected outside the classrooms and is used by the students as a special quiet place to read. One of the more popular activities is the hunt for the runaway gingerbread man. Each classroom decorates a giant cookie, which secretly disappears. Students make “missing” signs and hypothesize as to the cookie’s whereabouts. The cookie is eventually found, sometimes in the principal’s office or another classroom.

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Note: For more information about this event, contact Lori Shea at LPShea@fcps.edu or 703-802-5016.