a tan gingerbread man

A Tan Gingerbread Man

A Tan Gingerbread Man
Target text


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."). 

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Lesson Plan

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 

The children will help make Dan the gingerbread man as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with man, such as pan, tan, and fan

Literacy Activities
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 their gingerbread man.

Optional variation (If an oven is inaccessible):

  • Print the gingerbread man graphic 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 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.

Things I can do with the tan gingerbread man 

  • Have the children do different actions holding the tan gingerbread man:
    • I can fan the tan gingerbread man.
    • I can ride in a van with the tan gingerbread man.
    • I ran with the tan gingerbread man.
    • I cleaned a pan with the tan gingerbread man.
  • Review what the children did during the activity and ask them which action rhymes with man: fan, tan, or pan.

More Practice
Recognize rhyming words

  • Have the children repeat a set of two 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 two words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.  

Practice blending and segmenting sounds in words

  • 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).
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with man.


  • Gingerbread man graphic 
  • Crayons or markers

Activity: Dan the Gingerbread Man

  • Ask your child to say words that rhyme with man (support as needed) 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, then 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.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.