Sunday, March 11, 2012

St. Patricks Day Leprechauns and Writing

Leprechauns, pots of gold and making some wishes too....
Then we wrote Leprechaun similes...they are a type of metaphor.  A Leprechaun is as _____ as a _____. If I caught one I would_____ and my 3 wishes would be_______.  They turned out cute. Here are some that are finished.
The kids told what they'd do on St. Patrick's Day if
we caught a Leprechaun....

Hopefully we WILL catch some with our cool Leprechaun TRAPS!  

Then we wrote what 3 wishes we would make.....they are pretty cute....

What would YOU wish for?

There were time machines, Disney Cruises, and piles of money of course....

And lots of kids would buy a new house for their parents...that's very sweet! 

Of course some were clever and wished for MORE than 3 wishes....

We shared about 5 or 6 so far with the whole class at the Author's Chair....

And our glittery Leprechauns are so cute....look at those orange beards! 

Kids are very creative writers.....

I loved reading all about their 3 wishes....
St. Patricks' Day is right around the corner....I hope we catch a little green guy.
Fun St. Patrick's Day Song we sing (Tune Jimmy Crack Corn) 

IT'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY AND WE'LL HAVE A LOT OF FUN
SINGING AND DANCING UNTIL THE DAY IS DONE
LOOK AT A LEPRECHAUN, WHAT DO YOU SEE?
LEPRECHAUN, LEPRECHAUN, DANCE FOR ME!


You KNOW those little guys are VERY TRICKY!
  
St. Patrick's Day art project.....
The Leprechaun we made from butcher paper and construction paper in green, black, peach, yellow and orange, 1 x 7 inch strips for the beard. Then I glittered the yellow buckle after they drew a black marker square inside of it. We used wiggly eyes on top of Walmart dot stickers in green.  The hair is some crimped wrapping paper filler in the paper aisle of Roberts or Michaels gift wrap and bag section. Sometimes orange is hard to find so look early.

  

For writing this week we are finishing doing a narrative piece on "A Person I Treasure..."I love reading about whom they love in their lives.  It is a special piece we keep in their writing portfolios.  They will be a special treat to bring home at the end of the year.

RAINBOW CAKE....it had 6 layers of color inside too!
Here's a rainbow birthday cake my daughter made. My kids would 
love THIS SKITTLES CAKE! 

 
Here is a copy of the letter I send home for the Leprechaun Traps.  Everybody participated. Check them out HERE


Another fun set of activities can be found at What the Teacher Wants HERE.

I made up these cute Irish Bingo games using terms you might hear around St. Patrick's Day. It is a fun reading activity for the kids and I found these sparkly stickers in a shamrock shape to make them even more appealing.  Then I had them laminated so we can use them every year.  
MATH BINGO
A fun "Lucky" Bingo game I found was at the dltk WEBSITE HERE!   I also found some cute art ideas on another Teachers First website. The link is HERE.  It's Irish "word bingo". The kids can do this one at a center.
zzz100schart

On the back is a math Mystery Picture 100s chart. I would say, 6 tens and 3 ones for them to figure out the number. Sometimes I would say it backwards 2 ones and 7 tens. Or I would add ten to a number or subtract 10 from  a number and they had to figure it out and mark it in green marker.  Try to make it into a 4 leaf clover as you color in the numbers in green. A cute 100s chart can be downloaded free HERE at Firstgrade Parade.  I will post some more stuff we did in a few days. 
Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

3 comments:

Krista Carlson said...

Love your St. Patty's ideas. I teach a classroom full of language learners and writing about a person they "treasure" would be a great way of teaching multiple uses of that word! Thanks! I am your newest follower! I'd love for you to check out my blog too whenever you get the chance!

The Second Grade Superkids

vicky1970 said...

Hi Pattie -
Great blog...love your ideas! I just found you and am your newest follower. Come on over and visit me sometime..I teach first. Love your St. Patty's day stuff.
Vicky
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

Pattie said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'll certainly check out your cute blogs too! It's fun to get new ideas isn't it?

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