1-2-3 Come Play Some St. Patrick's Day Games With Me
Are you looking for a few, quick, easy and fun activities for St. Patrick's Day that cover some standards?
Word finds are an interesting way to build vocabulary at the same time reinforcing letters and spelling.
Even though there are a lot of word search generators out there, they mostly have uppercase letters.
Further difficulties arise, because the puzzles share letters, show the words going backwards, as well as diagonally and vertically, so I make up my own to keep them relatively easy (showing the words in forward-horizontal fashion using lowercase letters) .
This way my kiddos don't get frustrated. If you want to do these easy ones with older elementary students, simply give them 1-minute to find as many as they can.
"Speed" games, help prepare children for timed tests in a non-stressful way. Besides using them as a game, they are a nice plug-in for your Daily 5 word work activities too. Click on the link to view/download the 2 St. Patrick's Day word searches.
Another way to work on words, is by giving students a seasonal themed-word and challenging them to create other words, using only the letters that appear in that word.
With that in mind, I created How Many Words Can You Find in Leprechaun, and another one for the word shamrock.
Surprisingly, I made 97 words from the letters in shamrock, and found 161 words using the letters in leprechaun.
The packet includes recording sheets, as well as my answer keys. Click on the link to view/download the How Many Can You Find St. Patrick's Day activity.
If you want to work on math skills, all of the number puzzles make a nice independent center activity that helps reinforce sequencing, counting forwards & backwards, as well as skip counting by 10s to 100.
I designed 16 specifically for St. Patricks Day, which includes some in color, as well as 5 in black and white, so that students can color their own. Click on the link to view/download the St. Paddy's Day Puzzle Packet.
Finally, I like to continue my monthly themes in all of my subjects, so I designed St. Patrick's Day-themed 10 frames.
You can use them for addition and subtraction as well as games, as I've included number words for matching, plus shamrock, leprechaun and hat tiles, to run off and use as manipulatives.
There are also math symbol cards, so children can make up equations, including greater than and less than. Click on the link to view/download the Shamrock 10 Frames packet.
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something useful. The sun is shining and I feel like doing an Irish jig. We've certainly had our fill of yucky cold weather here in Michigan.
I think Mother Nature forgot to "spring forward". Wishing you a magical day filled with lots of sunshine.
"I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it." -Denzel Washington