St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Busy Teachers!
It’s that time of year again! St. Patrick’s Day! The one time of year where people across the world celebrate St. Patrick and the Irish culture. I have many great memories of St. Patrick’s Day as a child, however as a teacher, it’s a different story. You see it’s probably the busiest time of year as a teacher. If you’re like me, you are scrambling to get curriculum standards taught before the end of the year, as well as writing student report cards!
Although I personally love St. Patrick’s Day (I’m Irish after all), I started to dread it as a teacher because I am so busy juggling my many other teaching responsibilities this time of year! During my first few years of teaching, I started with the tissue paper shamrocks, hoping to cover some Art curriculum standards. Boy was that a mess and my classroom smelled like glue for a week! After a few years, I moved to my students researching and writing a newspaper article about the life of St. Patrick. Yes, I was still covering some curriculum standards! I realized quickly that my students were bored stiff by this activity. They’d learned about St. Patrick EVERY year since they probably began their education! I knew I needed to come up with something that was fun, covered curriculum standards, was low prep for us busy teachers and a quick ‘go to’ every year!
I finally decided it was time to come up with a fun and engaging way to teach about St. Patrick and the Irish culture for St. Patrick’s Day and my students LOVE IT!!!!
In teams, students race around Ireland figuring out clues about Irish landmarks, myths and interesting facts. In order to move on in the race, they need to write a paragraph about each location using specific success criteria. As you can imagine, they are super motivated to produce their best writing ever! Everyone wants to be the winners of the race!
I’m sure there are other teachers out there like me, who are looking for something engaging for their students to work on for St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve included the link to the activity on my page if you’d like to give it a try!