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Instead of the smell of wood from two by fours, there was the sweet waft of confections in Stacey Sandurs’ kindergarten classroom at Forest Lake as students engineered and decorated gingerbread houses with loved ones.

Ms. Sandurs explained that during the month of December, students read and compared various gingerbread man stories to Laura Murray’s “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.” They participated in a story map/sequencing activity where they compared and contrasted the beginning, middle and end of each tale to other versions of the same story.

As a culminating activity, the students used clues to search throughout the school for the missing gingerbread man and then joined parents, babysitters and grandparents to engineer their own gingerbread house, using milk cartons, icing and various confections to celebrate the holiday season.