On Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re all Irish! Have some fun with your class.
Preparation: get a class shamrock plant. (Bonus points if you can convince a parent to donate it!)
Ask the kids to save their milk cartons from lunch. Use them to take home a piece of the class shamrock plant. Students can repot a piece of the shamrock plant and grow their own at home. Learn how to grow a shamrock plant at ehow.com
If you are learning about immigration in Social Studies, tie the Irish immigrant experience in with your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. You could talk with your class about how Irish immigrants were treated and compare it to immigration today. The countries of origin have changed, but in many ways, how people view immigrants remains the same. Read Eve Bunting’s Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island Story.
Grownups, take this opportunity to read a book by a wonderful Irish writer, Maeve Binchy. Her books immerse you in Ireland, and you know her characters better than you know your own family. Tara Road is her magnum opus, and her newer books all feature that Dublin neighborhood. Every single book by Maeve Binchy is wonderful. I read them over and over again.