Inside: Check out our fun list of St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas for your classroom or homeschool
St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday in the classroom! After all, who doesn’t love wearing green? 😉 Your students are so lucky to have you as a teacher, especially in the month of March when the theme is St. Patrick’s Day and everything lucky! You can incorporate lucky leprechaun-esque activities in each content area. Here are a few St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas kids will love! From math to writing St. Patrick’s Day activities, there is something for every content area.
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Count Your Lucky Charms with these Marshmallow St. Patrick’s Day Teaching Ideas!
As if we need an excuse to buy Lucky Charms! Enjoy the sweet cereal along with these St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas for math. Graphing marshmallows by color is a great way to get your children enjoying math while eating a tasty St. Patrick’s Day treat! The cereal marshmallow activities pack for upper elementary (3-5) also comes with other fun-filled math and language arts activities incorporating these lucky treats.
If picking out Lucky Charms marshmallows isn’t your thing, you can buy the marshmallows only to save yourself time and pick through cereal. Charm designs may vary with marshmallows only. Enjoy these fun activities at the end of the leprechaun’s rainbow.
Write Like a Sneaky Leprechaun
Emphasizing kindness and community is so important in the elementary classroom. One way to do this is by writing special notes to one another. With the Sneaky Leprechaun Writing activities, you’ll get step-by-step lessons to help your children find their own recipient of notes written by “a sneaky leprechaun”. An introductory story, parent letter, student name cards, recording sheet (to keep track of who has whom), 10 pre-written prompts, 4 pre-written report to teachers prompts, differentiated writing pages, reveal cards, and thank you pages are all included! You can see exactly why this made it into our list of St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas!
You can use these lessons all year long with the growing secret student activities writing bundle. Whether it’s back to school, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or more, these activities are sure to build community and help your writers build their writing stamina!
Make Your Own Alphabet
Read alouds are huge in elementary classrooms. Sharing inspirational books with your students, especially around special holidays, can inspire incredible student writing. S is for Shamrock: an Ireland Alphabet gives an overview of Ireland with an A-Z tour of the country. This book is perfect to share even for more advanced readers. Share the Ireland Alphabet and then have your students write their own alphabet book based on their personal history or culture. They could write a book about the country or state their family is from or a special hobby or interest. Using St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland as inspiration will help your students explore their own creative nonfiction writing.
March Forward with a Month of Fun Activities
March can be a busy month as you start the last term of the school year. Inevitably, you may have to miss a day or more for illness or training. Make sure to utilize March’s sub plans with ELA lessons and behavior and organizational sheets ready to go! The March fill-in-the-blanks (think Mad Libs) reinforce parts of speech and make for a product that will cause giggles galore.
Your kids will also enjoy the “How to Catch a Leprechaun” writing activity. There are more than 60 pages of plans to help you in any absence, planned or unplanned. Plans are differentiated for Kindergarten, 1st-2nd grades, and 3rd-5th grades. Check out some of more of the activities below!
Even if you don’t need a guest teacher for the whole month, these lesson plans contain activities related to St. Patrick’s Day that are simple to use and ready-to-go. Save some time on lessons while you’re in the classroom so you can focus on the fun stuff, building relationships with your students! They will love these St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas.
Study Irish History
Need more St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas? Give your students a chance to explore the country of Ireland, where St. Patrick made his home for most of his life. National Geographic Kids, Britannica Kids, and the Smithsonian Institution are online sources for your students to explore and learn more about Ireland. If you are looking for print resources, try Histropedia: The Story of Ireland from Then Until Now or The History of Ireland. Both books use pictures and words appropriate for ages 8-12 and are fantastic companions to explore both historic and current (the early 2000s) Ireland.
During the month of March, celebrate the holiday with these St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas kids will love. Try out some ready-made resources, fun to read books, and other activities in March! Be sure to check out all of the St. Patrick’s Day teaching resources mentioned in this post.
Check out more ideas on how to integrate holiday and seasonal themes into your classroom here!