A Tan Gingerbread Man


Recognize words that rhyme with man (e.g., do tan and man rhyme?) and produce rhyme words (e.g., think of a word that rhymes with man). 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • tan
  • man
  • pan
  • fan


  • Gingerbread mix and ingredients
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • Decorations for the cookies: frosting, candy, sprinkles, dried fruit (optional)
  • Baking pans
  • Oven (if available)
  • Previously prepared gingerbread men (if an oven is inaccessible)
  • Gingerbread man graphic (see below) printed on tan paper

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will help make a gingerbread man and practice saying words that rhyme with man

Practice the skill within an activity

Make a tan gingerbread man 

  • Invite the children to help you prepare the gingerbread mix as directed on the box.
  • Have the children help roll out the dough and cut out a gingerbread man.
  • Bake the gingerbread as directed on the box.
  • Have children fan Dan the Gingerbread Man to cool him off when he comes out of the oven.
  • Encourage the children to say a word that rhymes with man as they add a decoration to the man.

Optional variation (If an oven is inaccessible):

  • Print the gingerbread man graphic (see below) on tan paper.
  • Put the gingerbread man graphic on a pan and pretend to bake the gingerbread man. 
  • Have the children decorate their own gingerbread man graphic (see below) with crayons or markers while the other gingerbread man "bakes." 
  • When the gingerbread man is "done," show the children the "man" on the pan and say, "He is tan."
  • Give the children previously prepared gingerbread cookies (optional). 
  • Pretend to fan the cookies as if they had just come out of the oven while chanting, "Fan, fan, fan, the tan gingerbread man!"
  • Ask the children what words they heard during the activity that rhyme with man: pan, fan, tan.

I can do things with the tan gingerbread man 

  • Have the children do different actions holding the tan gingerbread man:
    • I can hop with the tan gingerbread man.
    • I can jump with the tan gingerbread man.
    • I can fan the tan gingerbread man.
    • I can run with the tan gingerbread man.
    • I can flip the tan gingerbread man.
  • Review what the children did during the activity and ask them which action rhymes with man: fan, tan, pan.

Apply the skill

Practice rhyming

  • Recognize rhyming words 
    • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. tan, man).
    • Ask the children to show you thumbs up if the words rhyme and thumbs down if the words do not rhyme.
    • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., ban, can; Dan, fan; pan, cat; ran, van; plan, duck).
    • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

Practice blending and segmenting sounds in words

  • Stomp and jump to make words that rhyme with man
    • Have the children stomp and say the initial and rhyming sound of the word man then have the children jump as they blend the sounds:
      • say /m/ (stomp right), say /an/ (stomp left)
      • jump with both feet and say man
    • Repeat with other words that rhyme with man (e.g. man, fan, tan, pan, etc.).


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Recognize words that rhyme with man (e.g., "Do tan and man rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with man."). 


  • Gingerbread man graphic (from school or see below)
  • Crayons or markers

Activity: Dan the Gingerbread Man

  • Ask your child to say words that rhyme with man while you write them down.
  • Use as many of these words as possible to make up a story about the tan gingerbread man. 
  • Write your child’s story on the back of the gingerbread man graphic from school (or see below).
    • (If using the graphic below, invite your child to decorate the front of it with crayons or stickers.)
  • Read the story to your child and have your child wave his or her gingerbread man like a fan each time you read a word that rhymes with man.
  • Send the story about the tan gingerbread man to school with your child to share with a teacher or friend.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.