I love prepping lessons for Saint Patrick’s Day… for some reason, it is one of my favorite holidays to plan for in the classroom.
There are so many great children’s books and so many crafts that you can incorporate into the classroom, making for a really fun week!
I mean, it’s March and the state tests are right round the corner. So it takes a little extra oomph to keep students interested. #Marchstruggles
My St. Patty’s Day lesson plans are very hands on and full of lots and lots of learning in all academic areas.
These resources help us with our sequencing skills, comprehension, and writing… just to name the first few.
RESOURCES SHOWN ABOVE:
- FREE Shamrock Symbolism Craftivity
- All About Shamrocks Flipbook
- Life Cycle of a Shamrock Booklet
- Life Cycle of a Clover Adapted Book
We always start out with a story or an adapted book. For Saint Patrick’s Day, we complete two adapted books:
To continue on with the life cycle, we do this activity… and this flip flap book is probably one of my absolute most favorite activities of the week. It is highly differentiated for my students, but it all contains the exact information.
So instead of having 3 different reading groups, I have 1. ONE… and it is the most refreshing feeling when I can have all of my students working on the same thing at the same time.
I pre-cut the flip books and have them ready to go for the lesson, saving a lot of time.
We’re always working on sight words too… and spelling… and writing… and puzzles for other basic skills. So word scrambles work very well in my classroom. You can hide pieces around the classroom to make it more of a “work the room” kind of thing, or just hand the student the 4 puzzle pieces.
I have them put the picture together first, then we work on sounding out the words. Where the spelling and writing comes in to play is on their documentation paper.
They have to write each word, spelling it correctly (which you think would be easy since they are copying it from the puzzle, but for some students this is a difficult task), and then draw the picture above the word.
To finish off our academics for our St. Patty’s Day fun, we did these cute little shamrock writing craftivity.
Under the flaps we write what they love, how they feel lucky, what they hope for, and what they have faith in… which is the best part because they’re so honest.
My absolute most favorite thing about the holidays is our photo booths. My paraprofessional helps build the bulletin boards in the hallways and we either buy or make the photo booth props.
It serves as a great reward for my students because they all love having their picture taken. So we let them use whichever props they want, we take their picture, and then print them out to share with their families.
My friend above was super excited about this photo booth because he wanted to steal all of the leprechaun’s gold. LOL! Me too kid, me too.
What is your favorite activity for use for St. Patty’s Day?