Leprechauns, rainbows, 4-leaf clovers and pots of gold – kids are always sure to love the idea of magic that surrounds St. Patrick’s Day! It is the perfect reason to add engaging books for St. Patrick’s Day and fun themed games to your centers and small groups, while allowing students to celebrate and practice valuable skills.
Check out these two modifiable themed games below to add to your St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans so you’re prepared to add some extra fun to your classroom in March! And don’t forget to take a look at a few of my favorite books that are perfect for this holiday, too!
St. Patrick's Day Bingo
This St. Patrick’s Day themed Bingo game is a great way to get your students feeling lucky! With 35 unique playing cards and four pages of calling cards, this activity is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans that can be enjoyed by any age level. Also included is a create-your-own card so students can have some fun with creating and coloring their own version. And even better yet, this resource is available as a print-and-go or digital option so sharing it with your students is simple!
You can use this activity for small or large group game time, as an early finisher game, in a center or as an incentive. Add a little extra fun by letting students use clover stickers or lucky charms cereal as chips. This will definitely be a game your students will enjoy year after year!
St. Patrick's Day Math Center
This resource is a great way to have your students practice estimating and measuring skills while also having fun! With the St. Patrick’s day themed cards, they will practice measuring to the nearest inch, half-inch, quarter-inch, centimeter, or non-standard unit of measurement. The recording sheets will allow the students to estimate the measurements of each item and then measure the actual size.
Use this resource during your measurement unit or as a review activity. It’s a great add-on to your St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans to be used in centers or independently.
Books for St. Patrick's Day:
#1 How to Trap a Leprechaun
How to Trap a Leprechaun is the perfect book to capture the spirit of the Irish. With magical creatures full of trickery, your students will love to follow along with this book and imagine all the ways they could create a trap to try to catch one themselves!
#2 There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover
She’s back! The Old Lady who swallows things over and over has come back to swallow a clover! This book will get the students laughing at all of the silly items the Old Lady swallows as she tries to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold.
#3 The Night Before St. Patrick's Day
It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day and this adorable book will take your students on a journey as Tim and Maureen set traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake they find they’ve actually caught one – But can they find the pot of gold? This fun book will be sure to keep your students engaged and laughing out loud!
Both of these resources are the perfect add-ons to your St. Patrick’s Day lesson plans and the books for St. Patrick’s Day will have your students feeling extra lucky in the classroom this time of year!
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