Luck of the Irish – Lessons for St. Patrick’s Day

One of my favorite holidays is right around the corner – St. Patrick’s Day! What’s not to like about a holiday smashed right between the end of winter and the beginning of spring?

It’s fun to recognize and celebrate special days in your classroom, and teachers are great at turning holidays into extra memorable learning opportunities. If you’re searching for unique, festive lessons for St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few activities to consider. Your students will enjoy the unexpected lessons, and come away with some new knowledge, too!

Source: http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/rainbow-jar-st-patricks-day/

Source: http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/rainbow-jar-st-patricks-day/

Who needs a pot of gold when you can make a rainbow in a jar? Not only is this project’s outcome beautiful, but it offers an interesting science lesson on density. This neat demonstration from Playdough to Plato blogger Jen Rice requires only common household materials. Young elementary students will need lots of hands-on help, but with supervision, older students can each create their own rainbow.

Source: http://travel-junkies.com/2013/04/26/we-kissed-the-blarney-stone/

Source: http://travel-junkies.com/2013/04/26/we-kissed-the-blarney-stone/

Reference the legend of the the Blarney Stone to create a festive writing assignment. Scholastic shares one teacher’s persuasive writing approach to this Ireland-themed assignment. Of course, Ireland’s long line of famous storytellers won’t mind if you put your own spin on this project.

Source: http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/File:Examination_Ellis_Island.jpg

Source: http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/File:Examination_Ellis_Island.jpg

Follow in the footsteps of America’s Irish immigrants. Take your students on a (very cool!) virtual tour of Ellis Island. The tour can be a great jumping-off point for a history lesson on immigration, 19th century history or family genealogy.

How will you recognize St. Patrick’s Day in your classroom? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

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