St. Patrick's Day
Key Words: Curriculum Materials, social studies, k-12
Karen Cadenhead, Lamar University
Topic: St. Patrick's Day
What I found:
- Information about the legend of St. Patrick and facts about his life
- The legend of the Shamrock and how and where to order a live Shamrock and how to care for it
- The legend of the leprechaun and customs associated with leprechauns
- Customs, traditions and symbols associated with St. Patrick's Day
- An internet site where you can make St. Patrick's Day (and other holidays) cards to send via E-Mail
Where to find:
"St. Paddy's Day Madness!"
Create a card see it online, and send it to someone via E-Mail
The legend of the Shamrock
Brief history of St. Patrick
"What is a leprechaun?"
"A Wee Bit O'Fun"
St. Patrick's Day symbols and Customs
"St. Patrick's Day"
Customs and traditions of St. Patrick's Day
How the teacher can use this information:
Using the information in these websites and expanding upon them, a whole language unit could be taught around St. Patrick's Day. Some related activities are:
- After studying about leprechauns, students create leprechaun traps and write "How to Catch a Leprechaun" stories and/or creative writing: "Once I caught a leprechaun and asked him for his pot of gold. He gave me the pot, but instead of gold, _____ was in it!"
- Stage a "leprechaun visit." While students are out of the room, turn over chairs and mix up the room. Change bulletin boards, etc. Leave green glitter trails. In a prominent place, leave some milk and instant pistachio pudding mix in a container (not in the box so it just looks like white powder.) Leave a note for the students about the leprechaun visit and "leprechaun food." Allow students to mix the white milk and white powder to get green "leprechaun food." (pudding)
- Graph the shapes in Lucky Charms cereal.
- Brainstorm a list of things that are green, and then make up riddles (ex: What is green, grows in your backyard, and you have to cut it? grass) Give the list to another class to see if they can figure out the riddles.
- Study legends from other countries and compare them to Irish legends.
- Go outside and look for 4-leaf clovers.
- Make an interactive bulletin board using St. Patrick's Day symbols and definitions written on shamrock shapes for students to match.
- Students make St. Patrick's Day cards for each other and E-Mail on the internet.
Insights gained from this project:
- There is a lot of information on Ireland on the internet at various reading and comprehension levels, though not as much specifically on St. Patrick's Day.
- I could use a lot of these activities in my own classroom eventually.
- Often, many web sites can be found through other web sites, by tracing a path through the links, that you may not have found with you original search keyword.
- Sometimes you can find different information by using different search engines.
Submitted by: Karen Cadenhead, Lamar University
Uploaded by: BJ Lawrence/ Kent State University/ Deafed Major