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.
Play some Irish traditional music while the kids are working using Pandora, YouTube, or Amazon.
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