March 12, 2018
Throw on a green t-shirt, grab your four-leaf clovers and get ready to search for the end of the rainbow, because it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Though the celebration originated in Ireland some 2,000 years ago, it has become a beloved and anticipated day here in the States as well.
If you’re looking to bring a bit of the Emerald Isle into your classroom this March 17, you’re in luck! We’ve got plenty of activities that will help students of all ages learn about St. Paddy’s Day and Irish culture. Best of all, you won’t need a pot of gold to fund these crafts and activities.
This is a great activity that teaches little one’s gratitude and appreciation. Print out large pictures of four-leaf clovers (roughly the size of an entire sheet of computer paper) and ask students to fill each clover with one reason why they think they’re lucky.
The Friday before St. Patrick’s Day (which this year falls on a Saturday), as your students to come in wearing any and all things green. Playing on the green theme of the day, use this time to talk to your students about the environment and the importance of conservation. Take things a step further by going outside and planting a tree.
Ask students to explore their creative side by writing their limerick — a, typically funny, poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines should have between seven and ten syllables and rhyme, The third and fourth lines only need between five and seven syllables, but should also rhyme. Below is an example of a famous Irish limerick:
“There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’
Have a Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Feast
Teach students about Irish culture and the foods of Ireland by asking them to create their dishes at home. Some Irish favorites are corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish stew. While you’re enjoying each other’s food, don’t forget to throw in some traditional Irish music!
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