St. Patrick’s Day Teaching Ideas
Admittedly, I am not Irish. However, I love all things Irish, from books, to corned beef, to, of course, St. Patrick’s Day! Since I hope you love the holiday too, here are some great St. Patrick’s Day teaching ideas to help you celebrate!
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First, here is a bit of history on the holiday for your students and children:
- St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated all around the globe to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Read on to learn more about the origin of the holiday and about the man who inspired it or visit our “Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day” story.
- St Patricks Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St Patricks Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- In Ireland on St. Patricks Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
- Many cities have a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival from March 15-19, that features a parade, family carnivals, treasure hunt, dance, theatre and more. In North America, parades are often held on the Sunday before March 17. Some paint the yellow street lines green for the day! In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, Massachusetts since 1737. Montreal is home to Canada’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade, which began in 1824.
To help you celebrate, here are some fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Teaching Resources!
Leprechaun Message – students examine the punctuation of a message left by a leprechaun (Language Arts)
Visit from the Leprechauns – (Language Arts)
If I had a pot of gold… – (Language Arts)
A Day in the Life of a Leprechaun – (Language Arts)
History of St. Patrick’s Day (Social Studies)