Did you know that blue was the color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day? Over the years that’s changed to green, and these days celebrations on or around March 17th are a cornucopia of four-leaf clovers — along with leprechauns, rainbows, and pots o’ gold!

We sought wonderful ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s with your students and teach them about the significance of the holiday and Irish culture. Our Teacher-Authors came back with a field of ideas…

For Little Leprechauns

St. Patrick's Day Thematic Unit!“We love St. Patrick’s Day!” says Curriculum Castle. “We set aside a whole day to integrate reading, writing, and math concepts using our St. Patricks’ Day Thematic Unit (grades K-2).” Crystal McGinnis’s March Kindergarten Math & Literacy Pack (St. Patrick’s Day, Rainbows, Kites) (grade K) is packed with St. Patrick’s day printables. “Just print, and you’re ready to go!”

Latoya Reed’s class will be writing letters to a leprechaun, thanks to her St. Patrick’s Day Literacy and Math Centers with Recording Sheets (grades 1-2) resource. And Zoom Zoom Classroom’s students will show off their exploration skills with Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun’s Treasure Hunt (grades PreK-3). Take a look at other ways her classroom recognizes this festive holiday.

St. Patrick's Day Bundle Watch, Think, Color Games - EXPANDING BUNDLEShining and Sparkling in First’s March Early Finishers Pack (grades K-2) includes math and literacy practice pages with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, while St. Patrick’s Day Bundle Watch, Think, Color Games – EXPANDING BUNDLE (grades 1-2) from The Primary Techie is perfect for keeping the rest of the class engaged while teachers work with small groups of students.

“My kids love working on Leprechaun Math Identify & Count to 20 Activity Kindergarten Common Core (grades K-2),” says Autism Educators. “It’s not only engaging for my students with autism,” she explains. “I’ve shared it with the entire kindergarten team at my school, too!” And guess what? Speech Therapy Games is hosting a $25 TpT gift card giveaway to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

March Writing- Finding a Four Leaf Clover“I’m 100% Irish and proud,” says Primary World, “so I love to do all sorts of fun activities!” Her March Writing Activities “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day” by Eve Bunting (grades 1-2) contains task cards, writing prompts, graphic organizers, and more. With March Writing- Finding a Four Leaf Clover (grades 3-5) from Rockin Resources, students write a creative narrative about finding a four-leaf clover.

Jane Feener just couldn’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to use QR Codes St. Patrick’s Day 2 digit by 2 digit Multiplication (grades 4-6) so she brought it into her class last week. “My students loved it!” she says. “They didn’t even realize they were practicing 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.” Blair Turner’s holiday-themed grammar packets, including her St. Patrick’s Day Grammar Packet (grades 3-4) are “a festive way to celebrate while still reviewing core content.”

St. Patrick's Day - The Luck of the Irish Flip Flap BookLuckeyfrog’s Feeling Lucky? Multisyllabic Words with Prefixes Decoding/ Fluency Game (grades 2-5) “is perfect for kids who struggle with breaking apart big words and reading them,” Simply Skilled In Second’s students adore her St. Patrick’s Day – The Luck of the Irish Flip Flap Book (grades 1-4) and have even started suggesting themes for more of these books! Scienceisfun enjoys funfilled activities that direct her students’ energy toward the lesson. Give her St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Science Inquiry force experiment- balloon rockets (grades 2-5) resource a try.

For Older Lads and Lasses

Luck of the Irish Probability PackMath in the Middle likes using probability activities on St. Patrick’s Day to play up the idea of the “luck of the Irish.” She created her Luck of the Irish Probability Pack (grades 6-8) as a fun and informative themed review for her 7th graders. With Saint Patrick: What’s the Story with this Guy? (A guide to St. Patrick’s Day!) (grades 5-8) from Mr Educator – A Social Studies Professional, students complete a close reading activity about the facts and myths surrounding the holiday, and they even create their own newspaper article!

Multi-Step Equations St. Patrick's Day Coloring ActivityWith All Things Algebra’s Multi-Step Equations St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Activity (grades 7-11), students have fun solving math problems and coloring in shamrocks based on their answers.

Ellen Weber does learning renewal work in Waterford, Ireland and had lots of fun creating St Patrick’s Task Cards for Non-Fiction – CCSS Aligned! (grades 6-12). “Secondary students love to tackle these holiday-themed tasks in March!” she says of her resource. “They master informational text standards and enjoy a few fun facts about St. Patrick’s Festivals at the same time.”

More St. Patrick’s Day Resources

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“May your troubles be less
and your
blessings be more
and nothing but happiness
come through the door.”
—An Irish Blessing