speech and language teaching concepts for The Gingerbread Man Loose In The School in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/j/ initial (gingerbread)
/er/ medial
/br/ medial
/ch/ initial and final
/dr/ medial


back to school

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Gingerbread Man Loose In The School

By Laura Murray

When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he’s a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He’ll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: “I can catch them! I’m their Gingerbread Man!” With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, a deliciously sweet ending is served up for both the Gingerbread Man and the children who made him.

This fun back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address problem solving and social/emotional issues like feeling included. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for describing as well as for sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Gingerbread Man Loose In The School in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

problem solving      
character analysis    
text features​
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)
phonological awareness​
repetitive text​


order of people the Gingerbread Man asks where the children are


ingredients, measure, ginger, cinnamon, molasses, mold, rounded, announce, good grief, limp, tidy, tough cookie, grin, spectacular, peer, discover, explore, despite, mention

Character Analysis:

The Gingerbread Man is worried when he is left all alone and goes on a search to find the students who made him. In the end, he realizes that they were looking for him too and finally feels “right at home” in the end.


The Gingerbread Man wants to find the children so that he has friends and feels like he belongs there.


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
verbs (present progressive)

Text Features:

repetitive text
comic style
bolded text
change in font
change in text size
change in text color
speech bubbles
thought bubbles
exclamation marks

Phonological Awareness:



How does the Gingerbread Man feel about being left behind?
What is he thinking when he gets flattened on the ball?
What does the man think when he finds him on the ball?
Why do you think the nurse called him a tough cookie?
How does he feel when he lands in the brown paper bag?
Why do you think the man was surprised when he looked in the bag?
Why did the Gingerbread Man thank the art teacher?
Why did he freeze when he saw someone peek in the door?
What does the Gingerbread Man think when he finds out the children just left him to cool and are now looking for him?
How do they all feel at the end?
Why is it important to be part of something and to belong?

Problem Solving:

The Gingerbread Man tries to find the children who made him but runs into some unexpected challenges.

If you are interested in seeing other back to school books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.