By Teachers, For Teachers
This is a day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Today, many Americans celebrate this special day by wearing green, going to parades, and having parties. To help your students get into the spirit, provide them with a few fun classroom activities about leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, and pots of gold.
Leprechauns are known for being greedy and never sharing their gold. But, for this activity, they have made an exception. Explain to your students that the leprechauns agreed to share some of their gold with them but, there's a catch, they must give it all away. As disappointed as they may be, tell them how good it feels when you help others who have less then you. Discuss the various ways people donate money and help others in the world. Pair students together, to brainstorm ideas on what they can do with their gold. Encourage students to be creative and think outside of the box. Then come together as a class and discuss their ideas. To wrap up the lesson, have students write a brief description of what they are going to do with their gold and a draw a corresponding picture. As an extension activity, ask students to each bring in a dollar, and as a class, vote on where they can donate their money.
Leprechauns are known for being mischievous. As legend has it, if you catch a leprechaun he must show you where his pot of gold is. For these classroom activities, students must create a map of the classroom and write three directions to where the leprechauns hiding place may be. Encourage students to include landmarks on their map, such as the teachers' desk, the drinking fountain, and so on. On a separate sheet of paper have students write three steps to his hiding place, without revealing the exact location. Then, randomly partner students together to trade maps to see if they can locate the leprechaun. Once students have found the correct location, they each receive a chocolate coin.
Lucky Charms Graphing
A fun and edible activity for your students, is to sort and graph Lucky Charms cereal. Provide each student with a bowl of Lucky Charms and graph paper. To begin, have them sort all of the individual pieces, and then graph them. For younger students who are new to graphing, provide a picture at the bottom of the graph so they can match the individual cereal pieces to it. Older students can just place the cereal on the graph paper and write the final number at the bottom. Another way to graph the cereal is to place each individual piece on the bottom square and use crayons to color in how many they sorted. When they are finished, discuss the results of the graph and have students compare. (Ask, "What did you have more of, a four leaf clover, or a rainbow?") Here is a sample of a Lucky Charm Graph.
St. Patrick's Day Party Tips
What's a better way to celebrate a holiday than to have a party? Here are a few tips for a successful St. Patrick's Day celebration.
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