The month of March means St. Patrick's Day is just ahead! This is a fun holiday to celebrate with your students in the classroom. Check out these St. Patrick's Day activities for kindergarten to help make lesson planning even easier (and luckier) this month!
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St. Patrick's Day Read Alouds
Read aloud time is one of the most powerful times of day in the classroom. Not only is it great for students to be exposed to different stories and fluent, expressive reading, but it is also quite relaxing for them.
Doing a read aloud after lunch, recess, or at the end of the day is a great way to re-focus your students and give them a chance to relax and enjoy the story.
Keeping your bookshelves stocked with seasonal and holiday-themed read alouds is a blast for students and gets them in the spirit.
Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite read alouds for St. Patrick's Day!
- How to Catch a Leprechaun
- St. Patrick's Day Alphabet
- Hooray for St. Patrick's Day!
- The Night Before St. Patrick's Day
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!
- Green Shamrocks
- The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever
- Happy St. Patrick's Day, Curious George!
- The Littlest Leprechaun
- Jack and the Leprechaun
- Ten Lucky Leprechauns
- Leprechaun on the Loose
March Writing Centers
St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns, gold, and rainbows all make such fun topics to write about in kindergarten!
Your students will have a blast boosting their creativity and writing skills with these March Writing Centers, including St. Patrick's Day themes as well as spring and farm themes.
Students will learn about new seasonal vocabulary words while learning how to use them correctly in sentences and writing activities.
Plus, this leprechaun trap “Write About It” activity is the perfect follow up to the book “How to Catch a Leprechaun.”
If you're planning to do a leprechaun trap STEM activity with your students, this writing center activity would be a great way to help students plan and strategize how they'll trap their leprechaun.
This is just one of the exciting writing activities included in this month's set!
St. Patrick's Day Math and Literacy Centers
Another way to incorporate St. Patrick's Day activities for kindergarten into your lesson plans is with themed math and literacy centers.
This 6 pack set of St. Patrick's Day math and literacy centers is an easy way to add a little luck and leprechaun learning to your center rotations.
With 3 hands-on centers for both math and literacy, you'll be set with just the right amount of St. Patrick's Day themed activities to get you through the first half of March.
Each center comes with a recording sheet, so students can show what they know and work on independence, which is key in the spring months of kindergarten.
Six no-prep pages are also included to reinforce skills. Use these pages during morning work, as an independent practice activity, small group activity, or even for early finishers.
The skills included in this set are: rhyming, CVC words, beginning digraphs, addition, ten frames, number identification, and counting.
DIY Golden Coin Math Activities
If you're anything like me, you enjoy long walks through the Target Dollar Spot and long scrolls through the virtual aisles of Amazon.
Around St. Patrick's Day, you can often find some fun seasonal items, such as mini erasers and golden coins. I've also had good luck finding these items at party stores.
There are so many DIY educational activities you can do with those little golden coins. Read on for a couple fresh math activity ideas!
Golden Teen Numbers
For this St. Patrick's Day activity for kindergarten, all you need are dollar store golden coins or gold pom-poms.
Place the coins in a plastic party cup. Write teen numbers on notecards. Have students draw a card and use a spoon or jumbo tweezers to scoop out that many golden coins from the party cup.
Lucky Addition and Subtraction
For this activity, write addition and subtraction sentences to 10 on notecards. Students will draw a card and use golden coins to solve the problem. They can write the equation and record their answer on a whiteboard.
Both of these activities would be perfect for a small group math center or independent math activity.
St. Patrick's Day Math and Literacy Freebie
St. Patrick's Day comes during a busy time of year. Spring is arriving and the calendar starts to fill up quickly.
If you're looking for some quick and easy St. Patrick's Day-themed activities to add to your lesson plans, I've got you covered!
This St. Patrick's Day Math and Literacy FREEBIE covers skills such as numbers to 100, graphing, CVC words, and real/nonsense words.
Best of all, the activities are all low-prep and perfect to use throughout the month of March!
All you need are basic supplies like dice, small manipulatives like mini erasers or gold coins, and you're set.
These activities are great to add to your morning tub activities, partner games, math and literacy centers, or as an early finisher activity.
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DIY Shamrock Activities
Just like there are so many activities you can do with golden coins, there is a lot you can do with basic shamrock cutouts.
Check out these ideas for quick and easy, DIY literacy activities that your students will love!
Shamrock Word Families
For this activity, write different word family words on die-cut shamrocks. If you have foam shamrock cutouts, you can use those too.
Students will draw 2 shamrocks, read the words, and determine if they rhyme and belong in the same word family.
If they do rhyme, the student gets to keep them. If they don't, they put them back into the pile and play continues to the next student.
Build a Shamrock Word
This DIY shamrock activity focuses on building words with word family endings and beginning blends.
Write various word family endings on one set of shamrocks. On another set of shamrocks, write various beginning blends.
Students will draw a shamrock from each set and put them together to make a word. After they read the word aloud, they will record it on a whiteboard.
To take this a step further, students can identify if the word is real or nonsense.
If you're looking for more St. Patrick's Day literacy activities, click here to grab your FREE copy of this adorable Word Family Hats Craft.
St. Patrick's Day Snack
To round out the St. Patrick's Day activities for kindergarten, let's end on a tasty note with a quick and easy St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold snack activity!
There's no baking or complicated prep required and it is sure to be a hit with your students.
With simple ingredients like graham crackers, frosting, and sprinkles, your students will have a blast putting this snack together and eating it.
Click here for the ingredients, instructions, and a step-by-step video tutorial.
This snack is great for a class party and can even be made in small groups during your St. Patrick's Day rotations.
I hope you enjoyed these St. Patrick's Day activities for kindergarten and have a few new ideas to take back to your classroom. If you're looking for more easy prep March ideas, check out this blog post.
Be sure to snap a picture and show us how you and your class are celebrating St. Patrick's Day over in the Kindergarten Palace!