Friday, March 1, 2013

St. Patty's Day Fun and a Freebie!

St. Patrick's Day is one of my very favorite holidays of the year! Why? Well, I admit, I have Irish blood in me, but I think it's because of the timing. In New England, the winters are so very long that by the middle of March, we need something fun and silly to celebrate. So we all wear green and wear silly leprechaun pins and headbands. It's good for lifting spirits while waiting for those first signs of spring.

Plus, it's a fun way to sneak in extra practice on those important skills! Below are some free addition and subtraction story problems. (I don't think they can get enough problem solving practice, and adding stories about leprechauns makes it more fun!) These are designed for second grade, but would be useful for high first graders or review for third graders.
St. Patrick's Day

I always make sure the children recognize the Irish Flag.
And listen to Irish music.

And, of course, books!
And books by some favorite authors:

There's a whole lot more ideas on my March Pinterest Board.  Click HERE to see it!

I'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Week right after Read Across America Week!  I  just can't spend a day on any of these great holidays!


  1. I definitely agree with you - March in the Northeast is a loooonnnngggg month and St. Patrick's Day is a wonderful time to cover basic skills and through some festive activities into the curriculum.

    Thanks for sharing the book ideas and the link to your Pintrest board - these ideas are GREAT!

    Joy in the Journey


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