Begin the lesson by discussing the differences between folk tales and modern stories. Folk tales have no definitive version because they have been told and retold over many years.
Read "The Gingerbread Man" to the class. If you are doing these activities over the course of several days, read a different version each day and discuss the similarities and differences. If you are doing a one-day mini unit, try to read at least two versions of the story during the day.
Alternatively, tell the story from memory to demonstrate how folk tales are traditionally shared. Use felt board figures to illustrate the story.