Sunday, December 6, 2015

Mailing out our Gingerbread Men!

My students have had a wonderul time creating their gingerbread men for the exchange! This year we really stepped it up and decorated with wiggly eyes, glitter, THE WORKS!!!  I think the kids did a great job! 

Last year we did a class letter, but this year I challenged my class to write their own individual letters. Each student was assigned to find a fact about our state to include in their letter. My class of 1st and 2nd graders researched and came up with some fabulous facts about North Carolina! 

Check out our facts and all our gingerbread men below!

North Carolina was the first state to declare independence from England with Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775. 

The Venus Fly Trap is only found in two American states, NC and SC, but is native to Hampstead, NC. 

Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern, NC in 1898. 

In 1903, the Wright Brothers made the first successful powered flight by man at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, NC. 

We live in Caldwell County. Parts of our county are anywhere from 900 feet above sea level to 6,000 feet above sea level.

Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County, NC is one of over 200 water falls on the east coast.

North Carolina is a southern U.S. state with a diverse landscape ranging from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. Chalotte is the state's largest city and is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

The state of North Carolina was first in flight. The Wright brothers invented the plane and flew it at Kitty Hawk.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the coast of North Carolina is made up of Hatteras, Bodie, and Ocracoke Islands. It makes up one of the largest stretches of undeveloped seashore on the U.S. Atlantc Coast.

Pepsi was invented in North Carolina over 100 years ago in 1893.

North Carolina's largest county is Robeson County.

The smallest town in NC is Dellview and has a population of 13 and vies for the honor of smallest incorporated town in the U.S.

The world's smallest daily newspaper is the Tryon Daily Bulletin out of Tryon, NC.

Pepsi was first made in 1893 In New Bern, NC and it was called Brad's drink after its creator Caleb Bradhum. In 1898 it was renamed Pepsi Cola after the ingredients in the recipe pepsin and kola nuts.

North Carolina has a State Art Museum located in Raleigh, NC. 

The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh.

Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the highest peak east of the Mississippi. It towers 6,684 feet above sea level.

North Carolina's nickname is the Tarheel State.


  1. Your gingerbread people came out great! I love all of them! My students went to town with their creations, too. I also had them write their own letters (of course, one student forgot to put his letter in with the gingerbread person). Such a fun project for this time of year!

  2. We got a gingerbread man made by Jonathan. Here are some of our comments: Thank you for your gingerbread; we love it! We also like your blog! By the way, the gingerbread man we got has a lot of details! I like how you made a vampire. The facts in the letter were really good. The gingerbread didn't suck our blood. Our friend, Maddy, sent a gingerbread to your class. Every year our friend, Riley, goes to North Carolina, and her cousins live there. She cheers for North Carolina and the Patriots. Some of us like the North Carolina Panthers. Please let us know if you got our message. Here is my email: