St Patrick's Day Unit

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Language Activities

 Shamrock ABC Order  Photocopy a small shamrock picture 26 times on green construction paper.  Program each one with a letter A - Z.  Laminate.  Have children place the letters in order on the pocket chart. Predictable Chart Here are some ideas you could use for predictable charts: ___(child's name)___ hid his/her gold __________ . I found _________ at the end of the rainbow. After the whole group activity, hang the predictable chart in the classroom for the children to read with a seasonal pointer. -OR- Cut each child's sentence out.  For the children that are ready for a challenge - cut out each word and have the children put them back in order.  Then have each child illustrate their sentence.

Math Activities

 Pots of Gold Plan Ahead:  Buy several bags of lima beans and some gold spray paint.  Paint the lima beans - now you have gold! Photocopy several small pots onto black construction paper (I always find great clipart like this from The Mailbox Magazine).    Label with numerals 1 - 10 (white out works great on the black paper!)  Glue the pots onto a large piece of construction paper.  Laminate.  Have the students count out the gold to match the numerals on each pot. I keep my gold in a small black pot that I purchased at the Dollar Store at Halloween time! Gold Addition Workmat For each workmat photocopy 2 small shamrocks onto green construction paper.  Cut out.  Also photocopy a small pot on black construction paper and cut out.  Glue the pieces onto a piece of white construction paper in this order: Shamrock + Shamrock = pot of gold Use a black marker to write the + and =.  Laminate. To play this game have the children roll a die and place that many pieces of gold on the first shamrock.  Roll again and place that amount on the second shamrock and add! Shamrock Pattern Match Go to Preschool Printables and print out an instant file folder game: Shamrock Pattern Match. Lucky Charm Graphing Print out a Lucky Charm graph for each child.  Give each child a small scoop of Lucky Charms cereal.  Have them sort out their marshmallows by shape.  Then count the amount of each marshmallow and color the graph appropriately.  When finished have each child tell the class which marshmallow they had the most/least of.  And then, of course, eat them! Shamrock Sequencing   Cut out shamrocks of different sizes from green paper.  Laminate.  Put them in the math center for children to put in order from largest to smallest or smallest to largest.

Art Activities

 Rice Rainbows This is one of my favorite projects. The first thing you have to do for this project is dye the rice.  I poured some rice into a large Ziploc bag with a little paint and then shook it until all the rice was colored.  Then pour it onto wax paper to dry overnight.  You will need a new bag for each color rice you want.  Then put each color in a container for the children to use. I gave each child a large piece of blue paper.  We drew the lines for the rainbows together (they watched me and then did the same on their paper).  We then did one color of rice at a time.  I put the glue on and they sprinkle then rice.  When they were all dry they added cotton ball clouds.  Hang them up and hope that spring will be here soon! Shamrock People Have the children trace and cut out one large shamrock (body).   Next the children can trace and cut out 4 smaller shamrock shapes (hands & feet).  Have the children draw a face on the large shamrock shape. Supply the children with 4 strips of paper to fold accordian style for arms and legs. The children can then glue the small shamrocks onto the the strips of paper as hands and feet, then glue the arms and legs onto the body. Shades of Green Prepare several containers of green paint.  Add small amounts of white paint to each container, each time using more than the last.  Have the children stir the paint.  Place the paint cups with the different shades of green on your painting easel. Torn Paper Shamrocks Have the children trace a shamrock shape onto a piece of white paper. Then give the children scraps of green construction paper to tear.  They can then glue the scraps onto the shamrock shape. Leprechaun Foot Prints   You will need a large piece of white butcher paper.  Paint the bottoms of each child's feet green.  Let them walk across the butcher paper to make leprechaun foot prints. Little Blue and Little Yellow Read the story Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. There are several ways you can show the children how to make "little green" by combining blue and yellow: 1.  Give each child a small piece of blue playdough and yellow playdough.  Have the children mix them together. 2.   Have the children mix blue and yellow paint. 3.   Color with a blue crayon and then color with yellow on top of the blue. 4.  Fill a shallow dish with water.  Add a drop of yellow and a drop of blue food coloring near the edge of the dish. Add drops of dish detergent along the edges of the dish also. The soap will cause the blue and yellow food coloring to mix. Bell Pepper Shamrock Prints  Cut a bell pepper in half and scoop out the seeds.  Dip the halves into green paint and press onto paper to make shamrock prints.  Then use green paint and a paint brush to make the stems.

Recipes

 Paddy's Pudding  To prepare this yummy treat, purchase one 3.4 ounce box of instant pistachio pudding for every six students in your class.   Pour the powder into a bowl.  Have the children recite this poem with you as you add milk: Leprechauns, leprechauns, Never seen... Magic powder, Green, green, green! Shamrock Biscuits  You will need one canned biscuit for each child.  Give each child a biscuit.  Have them pull it into four separate pieces.  Roll three pieces into balls and put them together to form a shamrock.  Roll the fourth piece into a short snake and use it to make the stem.  Sprinkle the tops with green sugar sprinkles.  Bake according to package directions. Shamrock Jigglers Using lime Jello, prepare a pan of Jello Jigglers by following the instructions on the package.  When the Jello is set cut out using shamrock cookie cutters.

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