I continue to plug along completing the Telling Time Cards for each month, and just finished the March clock set with shamrocks. Click on the link to view/download them.
I also have a variety of other telling time games with a shamrock theme, that are great throughout the month of March, but especially nice to plug in for St. Patrick’s Day, when you might want to add a bit more fun to the day because it’s “special”.
Start off by offering a quick and easy Make A Shamrock Clock center. Students cut out the circle, glue it to a paper plate and then count by 5’s to write in the helpful numbers around the clock.
Punch a hole in the center, fasten a brass brad and attach a small and large paperclip and you’re done! Students can take turns calling out a time. Everyone manipulates the paperclip hands to make that time and holds up their clock to show the answer. It's a quick & easy way to whole-group assess.
I’ve also included a plain clock so that you can use it anytime, without the shamrock theme idea. Click on the link to view/download the Shamrock Clock
Bingo Dot Clock is another fun way to whole-group assess students. Call on a quiet child to “spy” a time to the hour.
Students trace the number, bingo dot the circle, manipulate the paperclip hands to show the correct time and then hold up their clock when done.
The first child with the correct answer gets to spy the next time for everyone to find. Click on the link to view/download Bingo Dot Shamrock Clock game.
Spin to Win also reinforces time to the hour. Students can either spin the shamrock clock spinner or roll a pair of dice.
Rolling dice involves simple addition and subtraction. Students trace the digital time on their time card and then write it. The first student to completely fill their time card in is the winner.
This game also includes traceable digital time cards to the hour and half hour + a certificate of praise bookmark. Click on the link to view/download Shamrock Spin To Win game
Shamrocks on a Roll also involves dice and addition and subtraction. Students have the option to trace the numbers on their shamrock clock or write them in. Click on the link to view/download Shamrocks on a Roll
Finally, Shamrock Skip Counting includes a shamrock spinner for counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s. There is also a spinner for counting by 1’s for younger students.
Knowing how to skip count is important in telling time. Click on the link to view/download Skip Counting With Shamrocks
Thanks for visiting. Feel free to PIN away. I hope your “time” playing some of these games on St. Patrick’s Day is delightful!
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I have quite a few shamrock themed activities for reading and writing, so I wanted to make sure that you had some for math as well.
Shake Your Shamrocks is a simple game to help your students review skip counting by 2’s 3’s and 5’s.
I’ve also made a game board for counting by 1’s for younger students. These games would be perfect any time, but a great addition to your St. Patrick’s Day activities.
The object of the game is to help the leprechaun get to his pot of gold by rolling a pair of dice and taking the face value of the number needed or adding and subtracting to get there.
For example, in order to move one space ahead, if you are skip counting by 3’s, you need to roll a 3, or a 2 and a 1 (add) or a 4 and a 1 (subtract) etc.
Encourage students to count out loud as they move their marker around the board. Plastic gold coins, shamrock erasers, and small rocks (Blarney Stones) make great markers.
If you are counting by 1’s, you play with only 1 dice. This game has a different set of rules, where students lose a turn, switch places with their partner and move backwards one space, depending on the roll of the die.
Click on the link to view/download Shake Your Shamrocks skip counting game.
Another game I think that your students will enjoy playing is Spin To Win-Dollar Holler where strategy counts or does it?
Children choose 1 of 3 columns, that they try and fill, in their quest to reach the amount of $1.00.
Includes a graphing extension. All games include a certificate of praise for participants as well as winners.
Click on the link to view/downoad Dollar Holler a fun game for St. Patrick's Day!
Coin Shamrocks makes a nice math center activity for March/St. Patrick’s Day. The object here is to identify the coins and figure out the total value that is displayed on each shamrock.
I’ve included an identification shamrock sample for each coin that will help students who still struggle with this concept.
Students can play independently or with a partner to see who can fill in their shamrock cards first. Students can use coin manipulatives as well as the little matching value cards to cover the shamrocks.
Includes a blank shamrock template to program your own coin cards + a certificate of praise. Click on the link to view/download Shamrock Coins
A wonderful little easy-reader booklet that involves both counting and coins is How Much Is This Shamrock?
It’s a terrific transition into a reading-writing block after students have completed the above math stations and is a nice Daily 5 activity for St. Patrick’s Day.
Students help the leprechaun purchase a variety of rainbow-colored shamrocks as they cut and glue the appropriate coins to the matching pages. Click on the link to view/download the shamrock coin booklet.
Finally, there are a variety of other shamrock counting booklets available as well. Simply click on the link to zoom to the Shamrock section and scroll down to download whatever fits your needs.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away. I hope all your Irish eyes, are smiling during your St. Patty's Day activities.
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