I was recently asked what I do for St. Patrick’s Day with students. I am a huge fan of engaging students through various holidays! St. Patrick’s Day has always been an exciting day with the students joining me in looking for a little trickster leprechaun on campus!
I made a small pair of pants out of green fabric. I would mess up the room when the kids where at lunch, sprinkle some glitter around the room (even in the toilets), and hang the pants on a cracked open window. The students would look for the trickster everywhere. When they would find the pants, we would laugh about how there was a little leprechaun running around without pants. He would always leave a gold coin on the desk for the students. Now, how does this fun tie into education? First, we would read a book about a tricky leprechaun. I also have a fantastic activity called The Paper Leprechaun where the kids have to make their own paper leprechaun using fine motor skills after listening to a poem, and the pot of gold goes missing. They write out a personality for the paper leprechaun and then write about how to catch one! For a home project, the students would make leprechaun traps working on problem solving skills at home with their parents. These would be shared with the class during the week. I would sometimes display them in the media center. During centers, students made rainbow art. Each student would get to make their own LUCKY Shamrock Hat to wear for the day.
For math, we would sort, count, graph, and eat Lucky Charm cereal. Who doesn’t like a little snack while learning!
Play some Irish traditional music while the kids are working using Pandora, YouTube, or Amazon.
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I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in my classroom! So this year, I’m a little bummed that we are on Spring Break, but who is going to complain about being on a break?
There are a lot of fun activities you can do with your students to really make the day memorable, special, and educational! I like to start my day with a leprechaun story from our class library. I also love the video Leprechaun’s Gold found on YouTube. You can explain the vocabulary words gold, greed, kindness and caring to the students after the video. I usually show it during Social Studies. Share with the students that leprechauns are small, mischievous little men you find in Irish folklore. Then, locate Ireland on a globe. I tell students how last year I almost caught one messing up my classroom, but he escaped. I read the poem The Paper Leprechaun to the students. I have them make their own paper leprechaun and pot of gold. The pot of gold is separate from the leprechaun, so they can hide the gold from the paper leprechaun. They give their leprechaun a personality by writing it’s biography. While students are at lunch, I mess up the room, sprinkle gold or green glitter around (even in the toilets), make little green footprints on the floor that lead to an open window and leave gold chocolate coins on their desks with a note from Lucky the Leprechaun. I have a pair of green felt little pants that I made myself, and hang from the open window. I pretend to try and grab him, but only have his pants. The kids always giggle thinking there is a leprechaun running around in it’s underwear! For math, I buy Lucky Charms cereal to pass out to the students. They have to sort, graph and solve math problems using the lucky marshmallows found in the cereal. After I check their work, they get to eat the cereal. (As always, check for food allergies prior to this lesson.) I send home a Family Project for student’s to create a trap for a leprechaun to build that home connection. Finally, I let them make leprechaun headbands and Shamrock GLASSES to wear during story time. If the kids are having fun learning, they will develop a lasting relationship with you and want to learn!
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day,