In America we love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, as do many other countries around the world.
Although wearing green and pinching people is very fun, many people don't know how St. Patrick's Day got its start.
Here are some facts about the real St. Patrick.
St. Patty's.com has information about St. Patrick and St. Patrick's Day, as well as many other websites if you simply google the topic.
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Either tell the children the story of St. Patrick, or read the facts together. Another great resource is your public library.
Check out some children's books that are all about St. Patrick!
After they know the background, ask them the following yes/no and wh questions.
Print and cut out five shamrocks from this download. On each shamrock, write or glue the following sentences...
Have the child chose a shamrock and answer the questions using full sentences. You can send the shamrocks home and they can do this activity with their parents.
Show the kids this picture.
Tell them this is the end of a story, and they are going to make up the beginning and middle.
Together (or individually) make up a story about two leprechauns looking for gold, and ultimately where the gold ended up.
Storytelling is a wonderful expressive language activity and it gets their creative juices flowing.
Follow each student's lead! It will be fun to see where their stories take you.
If you want to take this a step further, you can type the story together as you create it and send it for homework.
They can then retell the story to their parents and siblings.
In this activity, the children get to become the leprechaun!
Have them choose one person that they want to write a letter for (I like when they do this for their teacher or their parents).
In the letter, they can write all the things they like about that person.
Have them talk about each attribute and then write it (or help them write it).
The other way to do this is to write the nice things on a shamrock and then put all the shamrocks in an envelope.
It is signed, of course, from the Secret Leprechaun. This activity not only encourages expressive language skills, but social skills and emotions.
You can't celebrate St. Patrick's Day without a treasure hunt!
This activity is great for receptive language goals. Here is an example of the clues.
You can print these and use them, or make your own that pertain to your work space.
Leave a treat hiding somewhere on the bookshelf.
This will be one of your student's most memorable activities of the year.
They love nothing more than a hunt! I like to buy chocolate gold coins and each student gets one or two, or a little ziploc baggie with a handful of Lucky Charms cereal.
(I can guarantee they will be happy with any treat they find!)
Let them use green marker or pen, of course!
Print and cut out the following words. Mix them up on the table and tell the kids to separate the St. Patrick's Day themed words from other words that don't belong.
If you can find or make a green container or a shamrock to place the words on, even better.
Remember, if the student mis-categorizes an item, use it as an expressive language activity and have them explain to you (even persuade you) why.
Print the shamrocks in this download.
Fill each one up with target sounds or words.
If the student is at the sentence level, have them make their own sentences while reading the words in the shamrocks, or use a carrier phrase such as "I found a ____ in my pot of gold!"