12 Days of Holiday Freebies, Day 4: Gingerbread Man Secret Code Worksheet

Welcome to day four of our 12 Days of Holiday Freebies! Today we have a quick post with a fun little Secret Code Worksheet for you and your students to enjoy! As a child, I always loved “cracking the code” on worksheets like this, and I hope that your students will, too!

Gingerbread Man Secret Code Freebie

To do this activity, simply show the children how to look at the number under the line and then look for it at the top of the page. Then, all they have to do is find the letter that is next to the number and copy it! Easy, right?

Gingerbread Man Secret Code Student Sample 1

When I did this in my friend Julie’s Kindergarten classroom, I modeled the entire thing for the children under a document camera. I did the first six or seven letters for them myself, and then I started inviting children up to “share the pen” and let them show the class how they could find the correct letters and write them in.



Do you know a child that is learning the alphabet? Our Singable Songs for Letters and Sounds DVD or our new animated Letters and Sounds DVD would make a wonderful holiday gift for any child that is an active learner and that loves music!

Most of the children got it right away, but when I called them up to share the pen, I could see that some of them were a little unclear on how I knew where the numbers were. For example, if we were looking for number 14, how did I know were to find it? So I showed the children how to count from one, touching each number as I went along until we got to that number. That really helped a lot.

Gingerbread Man Secret Code Student Sample 2

You can download this fun Gingerbread Man Secret Code Worksheet right here!  And be sure to check back tomorrow for another great freebie!  (Want some more right now?  Check out our posts from the last three days, so just go backwards through these posts!)


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Heidi Butkus

About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
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