Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

Here's a quick peek at some of what I've got planned for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  We are going to design a leprechaun trap and write about 4 steps to catching a leprechaun.  I know that some students will follow this up by building them with paper and recyclables during free choice play time! 
We will also do a variety of St. Patrick's Day themed math centers, including my St. Patrick's Day measurement center.  
I always manage to scoop up some St. Patrick's Day items at the dollar store to turn into games.  It's easy to improvise.  Here is a simple greater than /less than game to play like war.  Instead of taking the cards when you have the greater number, you get to take a coin from the stash. You can also have students add the two cards together and whoever has the greater sum wins the coin, etc. 
If you are really lucky, you might get the coin with the pot of gold sticker on the back! When setting up the game, you just need to make sure that it is upside-down.  If you are the lucky one who finds the pot of gold coin, you get to take 5 coins.  Whoever gets the most coins by the time all of the coins are gone is the winner.   
 These cards are just quick little cards I made from scraps of card stock.  I just wrote the numbers on with sharpie and added shiny St. Patrick's Day stickers to them.   
 The coins are from the dollar store, and the dark green "bowl" shapes are actually mini St. Patrick's Day hats that I cut the elastics off of.  They make cue containers to hold your "winnings."
We will also finish up our "We Are So Lucky" writing pages.  
I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

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