St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 in the United States. Although it is a serious religious holiday in Ireland, in the States it has developed as a fun holiday where students can wear green, learn more about Irish culture, look for lucky four leaf clovers, and eat green eggs and ham.
In my daughter’s first grade class, each student designed a leprechaun house to try to capture the leprechaun that was running loose in their classroom. Around the week of St.Patrick’s Day, the teacher placed leprechaun footprints throughout the classroom and left little pieces of gold (fake of course). The students tracked the footprints in the hopes of finding the leprechaun. The leprechaun would venture into the students’ homemade houses and leave gold and shamrocks. The kids loved it!
What fun activities have you planned to do with your students tocelebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn more about the Irish Culture?
I love the leprechaun footprints idea. I had so much fun visiting Ireland last summer and seeing leprechaun gift items in the quaint little shop in the Wicklow Mountains. My mother's one request was that I bring her a leprechaun magnet for her refrigerator. Now she proudly displays her leprechaun with a pot of gold at his feet.
Elementary teachers may like having their students listen to music and learn about the festive Irish dance celebration in the ARTSEDGE lesson You're Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance (K-4).
The Smithsonian's History Explorer provides a lesson called The Lynch Family (4-12), part of the online exhibition Within These Walls, about Catherine Tracy Lynch, an Irish immigrant, and her daughter, Mary, who rented one side of the Ipswich, Massachusetts, house during the 1870s and 1880s.
ReadWriteThink offers a Biography Project: Research and Class Presentation (6–8) that encourages students to brainstorm about famous people and select one to research by reading a biography and doing Internet research. Students then create a graphic organizer (a web) to teach the class about the person’s life. This lesson could focus on the biography of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and explain why this day bears his name.
I am interested in reading about other lessons teachers are using to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Lynne, How fun you got to visit Ireland! Visiting a country is the best way to experience the true culture of its people. Our students are so fortunate now to have the Internet so they can connect with people all over the world. For example, like Josie's website is hosted in the UK...that is exciting to have access to her educational resources she has created!
Cool ideas! I am curious if anyone has run into any cool science activities on any of the Thinkfinity resources? I teach middle school science, and I would love to bring some enrichment to my classes beyond the stereotypical Patty's day fare (although the leprechauns and pots of gold are so fun)! Thanks, All!