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My newest unit in my primary intensive support classroom focuses on the pronouns HE and SHE. Most of my kids are good at using HE, but they often use it as a gender-neutral pronoun, using it for girls and women, as well as boys and men.

The Gingerbread Boy, by Richard Egiekski

The Gingerbread Boy, by Richard Egiekski

Our first book was the Gingerbread Boy. For this lesson, we focused on the word “he.” HE is for boys. We talked about what the Gingerbread Boy was doing (HE is running!), and made guesses about what was going to happen next (HE will meet a fox!). We made Gingerbread Boy paper doll chains, and decorated them with oil pastels. This was the easy day. 🙂

The Gingerbread Girl, by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Gingerbread Girl, by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Our next book was The Gingerbread Girl, by Lisa Campbell Ernst. This time we were focusing on SHE. What is SHE doing? Where is SHE going? The kids took turns describing the pictures and events in the story, emphasizing every chance to use the word SHE that we could find.

After reading the book, we colored a picture of a gingerbread girl, and made statements about her. “SHE likes ____________. SHE has ____________. SHE is ________________.”

CLICK HERE to download the coloring page.

One last way to work on pronouns is by using Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head toys. Play with them, describe what they are wearing (HE is wearing a hat. SHE has a purse.). It’s a great opportunity to model correct pronouns, and gives chances for kids to practice using them too. (It is also an opportunity for everyone to play with a fantastic, classic toy. Don’t pass it up!)