How to Catch a Leprechaun

It all started last week with new centers that continued into this week. Many of our centers contained leprechaun activities. The first center was a Shamrock Find. Hidden around the room there are different colors of shamrocks. The students are given a clipboard, paper, pencil and crayons and sent on their way to find all the shamrocks. They record their findings on the paper.

It all started last week with new centers that continued into this week. Many of our centers contained leprechaun activities. The first center was a Shamrock Find. Hidden around the room there are different colors of shamrocks. The students are given a clipboard, paper, pencil and crayons and sent on their way to find all the shamrocks. They record their findings on the paper.

The next center contained leprechaun math. This is part of Marsha McGuire’s March Sensory Tables.  We added color counters to the ten frames for a little rainbow magic.

Leprechaun masks are a must!! In fact, after these cute students finished them, they would sing a song we have been working on all month during our calendar time. It goes like this:

I’m a little leprechaun dressed in green.
The tiniest man you’ve ever seen.
If you ever catch me, it is told,
I’ll give you my pot of gold!

Then they hug each other and the leprechaun would ask what the student’s three wishes are. The student would promptly name off three wishes without wasting any time!

For our weekly writing, we switched things up a bit and wrote about leprechauns. We talked about what 3 wishes the leprechaun would have to grant us if we caught him in order for us to set him free. We talked about what kind of leprechaun traps we could make and what a leprechaun might look like. The answers came in all varieties!! Some only wrote a few sentences and some kept asking for more and more paper. They loved this activity. It is one of my favorite writing activities of all time. Why? Because they are SO excited to sit down and write!! Even some of the lower students wrote more than they ever have before. They were more excited to write sentences than they were to color and cut out the leprechaun pieces. How often does that happen? Haha!! Here are some of the samples our our writing:
  

              
The students are so excited about this leprechaun stuff! I even got an email from a parent telling me her little girl went home yesterday and asked her mom for a camera so she could set up her leprechaun trap! Another mom posted on Facebook, “My son just said a prayer and he only prayed that we would have time tomorrow to make his trap to catch a leprechaun,” and then she thanked me. 🙂 Another little girl came into class today and exclaimed to my TA that she didn’t know what to do if she caught a leprechaun because she really wanted to wish for a unicorn, only her parents said she couldn’t have a real unicorn and she didn’t know if the leprechaun would give her an invisible unicorn.
Well, this all sparked an idea in my head last night. With all the excitement, and not wanting to spark any more annoyance with parents, haha!, I decided that for the last 20 minutes of the day I would let each table come up with a leprechaun trap to set in our classroom, in case they didn’t have enough time at home to make their own. I didn’t put limits on them and I even went to the copy room to gather needed supplies. Each table came up with their own unique leprechaun trap…

    
I can’t wait for tomorrow!! I really hope we catch a leprechaun!!…or two. 🙂

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