St. Patrick's Day is a fun and festive holiday that people celebrate worldwide. While many people celebrate the day with green clothing, parades, and Irish food, reading aloud with your students is another fun way to make it even better.
Introducing read-alouds this St. Patrick's Day can contribute towards building classroom community and connecting students. Read-alouds can help create a sense of unity and togetherness in the room.
By sharing a common experience, students can develop closer relationships. Students from diverse backgrounds and experiences will get a chance to learn about new content and each other. Finally, read-alouds are a great way to introduce new books and get students excited about reading.
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If you're looking for read-alouds to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, here are five great options that will help build classroom community:
1. The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
This charming story is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It tells the tale of a leprechaun who leaves his pot of gold in the care of a young boy. When the leprechaun comes back to reclaim his gold, the boy must use his wits to keep it safe. This story is full of suspense and humor, and it is sure to keep students engaged.
With all of its beautiful lyrical phrasing, The Leprechaun's Gold makes a perfect read-aloud while emphasizing the positive traits of its characters. This story teaches students the importance of being honest and brave, and it encourages them to work together to solve problems.
If you are looking for a story that will encourage students to work together, The Leprechaun's Gold is a great option.
- While reading this book with your students, pause after each page to allow them to guess what will happen next. This strategy will keep them engaged and excited to continue reading.
- Another tip is to discuss the character attributes and emotions displayed throughout the story and how they can relate to these attributes and emotions.
Reading The Leprechaun's Gold in your classroom will be sure to help connect your students this St. Patrick's Day.
2. Leprechaun in Late Winter by Mary Pope Osbourne
2nd to 5th Grade
In this book, Jack and Annie are sent on a mission by Merlin. They go to Ireland in the 19th century, where their job is to inspire Augusta to share her unique gift mesmerizing potential with others worldwide!
The characters face many obstacles during the journey, inspiring readers to achieve goals that they set out for themselves. It is never easy, but when people succeed at inspiring someone else or finding their passion path through hard times, it is worth every difficulty faced before reaching success.
Leprechaun in Late Winter teaches children about setting goals, perseverance, and working together. These are all essential life skills that children will need as they grow up and in the future. The book also teaches children about Irish culture and history.
Start a classroom discussion with your students. Ask them what they think some of the most essential life skills are.
- Have students list the goals that Augusta sets for herself and make personal connections to these goals. This task can help students better understand the story and the character's motivation.
- Ask students to think about what they would do if they were in Jack and Annie's situation. Putting themselves into the characters' shoes can help generate classroom discussion and develop empathy.
- Discuss with students the importance of perseverance. What does it mean to persevere? Why is it important?
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3. The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School by Laura Murray
Pre-K to Kindergarten
In this story, the Gingerbread Man is on the hunt for a mischievous leprechaun who has wreaked havoc in his band room. He follows clues all around the building, finding chaos everywhere, even at the library! But then the Gingerbread Man finds one clue that hints towards an even more significant challenge ahead and must race to find the leprechaun before it’s too late!
The flowing rhymes and colorful artwork make this a great read-aloud to share during March. Clues left behind by the leprechaun will provide plenty of fun guessing games that keep students engaged!
This book has a great story and promotes creativity and learning.
- Let your students collaborate to predict where the leprechaun will be next.
- The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School is also a great book to go with an in-class stem activity. Let students work in groups while building their leprechaun trap and learn about different ways that they can use this idea for future projects or games!
This book is perfect for your classroom! Not only does it come with a poster, but you'll have all the fun activities to go alongside them.
4. How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
Kindergarten to 6th Grade
Ready for an adventure? You've been planning night and day, but now it's time to put your plans into action. Create the perfect leprechaun trap with shamrocks and pots of gold by getting this bestselling children’s book today! This book makes STEAM concepts like engineering skills fun while utilizing rhymes about catching these lucky creatures. Who knows how many tricks you will learn in this book before your luck runs out?!
As a teacher, one of the most important things you can teach your students is being resourceful and thinking outside the box. How to Catch a Leprechaun helps students learn these skills by showing them how to use everyday objects in creative ways. For example, the book teaches readers how to make a leprechaun trap using everyday items like a shoebox, string, and gold coins.
Use St. Patrick’s Day as a great way to integrate STEAM in your classroom with a unique Leprechaun Trap Challenge!
- Have students plan, design, test, and execute the leprechaun traps. The goal of the Engineering Design Process is for students to learn about problem-solving, project management, and more. The students will have a blast while creating their traps!
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Help your students get ready for some leprechaun-catching fun with this entertaining and educational book!
5. Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman
1st to 3rd Grade
It is well-known that leprechauns, especially leprechaun kings, are very hard to catch. They are fast, cunning, and always one step ahead of anyone trying to see them. But what most people don't know is that there is a unique way to catch a leprechaun, and that is with Fiona's Luck. In this original folktale full of magic and mischief, Fiona learns the secret to acquiring a leprechaun from her grandmother. With the help of her cat, Lucky, Fiona sets out to catch a leprechaun and get his pot of gold.
Fiona's Luck teaches children that they can achieve anything they set their minds to with determination and a little bit of luck. It is a valuable lesson for teachers to share with their students, as it teaches them that no goal is too big or too small and that hard work pays off in the end. Additionally, the story promotes teamwork, as Fiona could not have caught the leprechaun without Lucky's help.
Allow questions at the end of your read-aloud time to encourage group discussion. Some discussion questions that you can ask students are:
- How did Fiona show determination in trying to catch the leprechaun?
- Do you think it is essential to be lucky to achieve your goals? Why or why not?
- What other things do you need to be successful besides luck and determination?
- Can you think of a time when you were very lucky and what happened as a result?
- What are some things you need to do to achieve your wish?
After reading Fiona's Luck, ask students to write about when they were determined to achieve something and were successful. Have students share their stories with the class.
Enjoy reading this folktale with your students, and be sure to talk about the valuable life lessons it teaches! It is an excellent reminder that anything is possible with hard work and a little bit of luck.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in your Classroom
Nothing beats the excitement and fun of a good story when it comes to read-alouds for St. Patrick's Day. One key takeaway about best St. Patrick's Day read-alouds for building classroom community for teachers is to help students feel more connected to each other and the school community.
Additionally, read-alouds can help build relationships between teachers and students, create a sense of community in the classroom, and foster a love of reading.
Teachers looking for great St. Patrick's Day read-alouds should consider funny, heartwarming, and suspenseful stories. By choosing great stories, teachers can set the stage for timely stories that are fun and help students learn.
All of the items on this list have one key thing in common: they are all perfect for building classroom community through reading and activities. Whether you're looking for stories to share on St. Patrick's Day or simply want to create a more connected classroom, these read-alouds are sure to get the job done.
If you're looking for great St. Patrick's Day read-alouds, be sure to check out the five selections above and let us know if we missed any of your favorites.
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I love all of your articles and would love to share them on the CARSplus magazine as well as our website.
Thank you so much Terri, feel free to share away. Please credit the author and TeacherGoals. Thank you 🙂