St. Patrick Day Lesson Plans and ideas
3 Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Read Alouds
In no particular order, here are three of our students’ favorite read aloud stories for St. Patrick’s Day:
- How to Catch a Leprechaun, Adam Wallace– This story is written from the point of view of a leprechaun. The students enjoy the ‘Where’s Waldo’ type of fun as they try to find the leprechaun on every page. This read aloud is also a great text to jumpstart your leprechaun trap STEM activities.
- The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day, Natasha Wing– This cute tale is a spin-off of ‘T’was the Night before Christmas’ where the characters make a plan to work together to trap a leprechaun. It also has a few St. Patrick day traditions sprinkled throughout the book.
- The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever, Teddy Slater- this story also highlights St. Patrick’s Day traditions in rhyme form. This story is a great one to help your students practice the skill of sequencing events.
How to Catch a Leprechaun read aloud Lessons
If you want your students to dive deeply into the story, then these How to Catch a Leprechaun interactive read aloud lesson plans will be perfect. These lessons help guide students to use evidence from the text to deepen their understanding of the story and respond in meaningful ways through 3-5 daily interactive reading lessons. Each day students will interact with the book for a different purpose and then complete a corresponding activity. Visit our blog post to read more about these lessons.
If you haven’t read How to Catch a Leprechaun yet, and don’t already own the book, check it out on video here.
St. Patrick Craft Activities
Crafts that follow read-aloud stories are the BEST! The students really get into them. Our favorite part about this particular craft is that it’s made to accompany thoughtful student writing in response to the story they read about St. Patrick’s Day. And the best part for you? The craft and writing template shown in the image above are completely FREE!
During the month of March we use our read-aloud time to read all of our favorite books about St. Patrick’s day. Students always enjoy books about Leprechauns! As teachers, our favorite seasonal read-aloud book is, How to Catch a Leprechaun. We love this book because it lends itself perfectly to STEM activities and cute bulletin board ideas. This eye-catching St. Patrick’s Day bulletin board featured in the image above stemmed from this story. Click here to grab these St. Patrick’s Day templates for your bulletin board.
Leprechaun Trap stem challenge activity
After reading How to Catch a Leprechaun, or another seasonal story about St. Patrick’s Day, the students are always anxious to explore ways they could catch a leprechaun. We prefer to use the engineering design process as a STEM challenge for students to construct a trap that can catch and hold a leprechaun. Download FREE Leprechaun trap recording sheets for your STEM challenge engineering activity.
St. Patrick’s Day Game for Students
Have you ever played Cootie? Students will love this spin on the popular game as they “Roll a Leprechaun” for St. Patrick’s Day. Game instructions, dice-roll rubrics, and printable game boards are included in our free Roll a Leprechaun download.
In our St. Patrick’s Day Learning Quest, you’ll receive lesson plans and activities that are both print and digital. With links to premade activities in Google Slides and Seesaw. No prep, research activities on St. Patrick’s Day that will surely engage your students!