Hey Peeps…. I hope this post finds you well! One of my favorite days to celebrate in my classroom over the years has been St. Patrick’s Day.
I am 50% Irish and 50% Italian! My mom is Irish and my dad was Italian. My dad was a HOOT! He used to joke around with my sisters and I and always tell us not to tell anyone we were Irish… he said….”Just say your Italian!” LOL…. It used to drive my mom nuts, but he always joking around with us and my mom that way.
My mom LOVES St. Patrick’s Day, so I always felt it was important to bring this little celebration into my classroom each year to celebrate part of my heritage!
Honestly…. I basically did the same activities for at least 6-7 years! I am going to break down the day for you and what we did in class.
First, we would always have a fun breakfast. My parent volunteers would bring in bagels and Lucky Charms cereal. We would start the morning, by all eating breakfast together. My parents usually brought in GREEN bagels which my kiddos loved!
After breakfast, we would begin our reading block. I would meet my students on the carpet and read one of my FAVORITE picture books called Clever Tom and the Leprechaun! I just LOVE this picture book. There are SO many different comprehension skills that can be taught from this book. Two of my favorite comprehension lessons to teach with this book is Cause and Effect and Character Traits. So, I usually pick and choose what type of skill that I want to teach with the book. And of course… I have to add a fun craft in the mix! We always add the little leprechaun to our craft for the day. Check it out…. If you can’t find this book, there are so many different leprechaun books you can use as well.
After we finish our story and writing craftivity, we have lunch and recess. When the students get back from recess they go to Specials. When they return, I have grouped their tables into three groups of desks. We will be working on various Math activities that all revolve around St. Patrick’s Day and they rotate from station to station. They also are given a piece of home-made Irish Soda Bread… um….. YES, Please! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Irish Soda bread! It was one of my favorite treats that my mom would make each year. Add a little butter… oh. my. word… can you say YUM!
Sometimes my kiddos would be hesitant to try it, but when some of the students come up for seconds, they tend to try it 🙂
As I mentioned, my student rotate to three different stations during math. Each station has a review math activity that they will work on. They will stay in each station for about 20 minutes which will be a total of a one hour math block and they LOVE IT!
At Station 1, the students worked on Pot o’ Gold Domino Sums! The students used dominos on a small pot of gold laminated workmat and then created double-digit addition problems. They recorded their problems on the recording sheet that I created for them. If a student finished and there was still time left during the rotation, I asked them to switch papers with a friend and check each other’s work. They LOVED adding with the dominos!
At Station 2, the students played a game with a partner called Leprechaun Loot. The students were building three-digit numbers by choosing 3 shamrock cards from the card deck. The object of the game was to CHOOSE which place you should add your number on the workmat in order to build the largest number. After each partner built there number, they recorded the numbers on a Greater Than or Less Than recording sheet. Whoever created the greater number on their workmat, won the round. They added tally marks in the chart to keep track of how many numbers they each made that was greater than their partner.
At Station 3, they were playing another game with a different partner called Dublin’ Fun. The object of this game was to practice doubling numbers and “winning” the shamrock. The students had to roll a die. They would have to double the number they rolled. Then, they would add a cube to the shamrock. In order to “OWN” the shamrock, they had to have 2 cubes on the shamrock and that means they owned the shamrock. At the end of the game, the students counted how many shamrocks they “owned” and whoever owned the most shamrocks, won the game. If they each had a cube on the shamrock, neither partner won the shamrock.
During the week of St. Patrick’s Day, I also add some activities to our Work on Writing Station that they will complete during Daily 5. Here is one of my March Tab-Its booklets that they worked on during Work on Writing that week. I have three different March Tab-Its in my March Tab-Its bundle.
So… that’s our St. Patrick’s Day in a nutshell. If you would like to do some of these activities in your classroom, please click the image below. I also have a Luck of the Irish Flip Flap Book FREEBIE for you as well to download. Just complete the form above.
I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day in your own classroom!
So…I hope you found this info helpful as you plan your St. Patrick’s Day activities in your own classroom!