Break out the soda bread and slow cook the ham and cabbage, because this year we are doing a mini-unit study on St. Patrick’s Day and you are invited!
St. Patrick’s Day Lessons and Resources
Let’s start by exploring the History of St. Patrick’s Day. Who was that guy anyway? This article gives you all the information you need.
Shamrock Math Fact Memory
Use this template and print and cut out 20-30 shamrocks onto card stock paper. On one shamrock write the math problem (it can be any type of math problem your child is currently working on) and on another shamrock write the answer. Do that for all of the shamrocks. Then play Shamrock Math Fact Memory by turning the shamrocks problem side down on the table or floor. Turn two cards over at a time to try to get a matching pair of a math problem and the correct answer. The student with the most correct matches wins. If playing alone, make it a timed race to see how quickly all of the matches can be found.
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to talk about rainbows and do rainbow science experiments. Break out the prisms and hold them to the light so see who can create the longest rainbow. Experiment at different times of the day to see if the angle of the sun matters. Here are the directions for the experiment: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/makearainbow.html and here is more information about refraction: http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/article-203837/light.
A great list of 10 books to help celebrate and educate your kiddos about St. Patrick’s Day!
Creative writing goes hand-in-hand with the folklore surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. These creative writing prompts are a great place to start a St. Patty’s Day tale.
Use this journal writing paper to answer the question, “What do you think you would find at the end of the rainbow?”
Don your leprechaun beard and tell the story of St. Patrick’s Day from the point of view of a leprechaun.
RELATED CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro
The Story of St. Patrick’s Day by Patricia Pingry
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh by Janett Nolan