Saint Patrick's Day Unit Study - Language Arts & Mathematics
Irish Themed Activities for Learning
Learning and fun should go hand in hand! Children love to apply their learning to something they relate to, something enjoyable, something that will stick long after the lessons are done. Why not connect a holiday which comes every year to everyday learning objectives? Since I enjoy holidays, I like to create lesson plans related to them! These language arts and math suggestions are ones I collected and thought would be exciting during March, near Saint Patrick's Day! They focus around grammar, spelling and vocabulary, reading comprehension, creative writing, penmanship, counting, addition and subtraction, multiplication, graphing, estimating, and more. I hope they make the entire learning process memorable for your children!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
This page is a part of a larger unit study for March - check below for other curricular subjects.
Fun Saint Patrick's Unit
School Express has a fabulous Thematic Unit about St. Patrick's Day on their website. I downloaded a copy years ago and have found it to be very useful and enjoyable for the children. Normally the site sells the units for an extremely economical price of $2 per unit, but it frequently give away units through their email newsletter, and have many other free printables for education on the site.
When you go to School Express, click on "Free Thematic Unit" in red letters on the top right side to receive the free unit!
The Saint Patrick's Day Thematic Unit is 23 pages long (on my old copy, may be more now). You are given two options for printing - color or black and white to save ink. Contents: small reading selection about the holiday, reading comprehension questions, vocabulary to look up in the dictionary, spelling word unscramble, spelling word pick, picture matching, coloring pages, notebook page for creative writing or poetry writing, Irish sayings and poems, follow the drawing directions page, leprechaun maze, rhyme page, word find, fill in the blank questions (about reading), criss cross puzzle, and answer key. Some of their units contain extra activity pages, also. My children have enjoyed School Express Units frequently. Sometimes we print them out at half or quarter size to make mini books to put into lapbooks.
Creative Writing / Research: Suggestions for essays or research papers: The Irish Potato Famine, Blarney Stone, Castles of Ireland, History & Significance of the Irish Flag, Saint Patrick, Geography of Ireland
Alliterations: Alliteration is when a group of words or words in a sentence starts with the same letter or phonetic sound. Try writing a few using St. Patrick's Day words from your spelling or vocabulary lists.
~ Should Shirley share the Shamrocks she showed?
~ Rainy Rainbow Road revealed red rocks.
Limericks are "short, traditional Irish poems that often have a predictable, humorous ending. A limerick is a five-line verse with a rhyme scheme of a-a-b-b-a." Create a fun filled limerick with a Saint Patrick's Day theme!
Grammar, Reading, Creative Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary
Holiday Zone has a fantastic page full of:
~ Reading Comprehension Story with Vocabulary, Sentence Completion, Short Answers, and Essay or Discussion Questions!
Saint Patrick's Day Worksheets at abcteach include a large variety of sheets and activities for language arts.
~ Acrostic Forms for Poetry Writing
~ Close Language Activities
~ Coloring Pages
~ File Folder Game
~ Greeting Cards
~ Incentive Chart
~ Notebooking Pages for Writing Assignments, Reports, Notes
~ Note Cards for Research & Notes
~ Reading & Reading Comprehension
~ Shape Book Patterns for Mini Books or ?
~ Spelling List
~ Word Search
~ Word Unscramble
~ Writing Forms & Prompts
Children's Author & Illustrator Jan Brett has many Saint Patrick's Day related activities throughout her website!!
Find a free literature based unit on the book St. Patrick's Day in the Morning at Homeschool Share!
Theme Lessons for Saint Patrick's Day
A wonderful Saint Patrick's Day Teaching Theme may be found at Teach-nology. Some of the activities are for purchase, but most are free printables.
~ Vocabulary Worksheets
~ Wordsearches & Puzzles
~ Reading Comprehension Lessons
~ Writing Prompts
~ Word Scrambles
~ Handwriting Worksheets
~ Creative Writing
~ Links to numerous Lesson Plans
Enjoy this Hodge Podge of Ideas for Saint Patrick's Day from Teaching is a Work of Heart! Included are many creative writing ideas, math activities, and recipes.
Literacy Ideas for St. Patrick's Day from Making Learning Fun.
~ Shamrock Number Word Letter Tiles with Letters
~ Shamrock Number Word Letter Tiles BLANK
~ Pot of Gold Assessments
~ Leprechaun Sight Word Letter Tiles
~ Sight Word Activity or Book
~ Leprechaun Trick Emergent Reader
~ Alphabet Dot to Dot Pages for St. Patrick's Day
~ Name Recognition for St. Patrick's Day
~ Shamrock Sorting with the "sh" Blend
Language Games and Printables
Free Printables for Saint Patrick's Day may be found at MES English!
~ Certificates & Awards
~ Coloring Sheets
Several fun Shamrock File Folder Games are found at File Folder Fun.
~ "Love of the Irish" Color Game
~ "Shamrock Phonics" Game
~ "Pot 'o' Gold" Nouns & Verbs Game
Free Teacher Book!
from Teacher Book Bag
This excellent free resource is from
It contains poems, fill in the blank questions, reading selections, rhyming activities, shamrock number cards (for math manipulatives or calendar pieces), shamrock alphabet cards (for spelling and lettering games), themed writing blank forms, and cut-outs!
Have some fun with dominoes!
Mathematics Lesson Ideas
Saint Patrick's Day Worksheets from abcteach
~ Grid Coloring
~ St.. Patrick's Day Gold - File Folder Game
~ Calendar Shamrock Numbers 1-31
~ Numbers may be used for addition, subtractions, greater than and less than games, also.
Math Ideas for St. Patrick's Day at Making Learning Fun has some fun suggestions for the early grades.
~ Coin Count Flip Book
~ Pot of Gold Math Mat
~ Coin Count Stamp Book or Activity
~ M&M Color Sorting Rainbow Activity
~ Pot of Gold Roll and Color Addition
~ Leprechaun Shape Cut and Paste
~ Identify, Stamp and Punch or St. Patrick's Day
~ St. Patrick's Day Dot to Dot
~ Color by Number for St. Patrick's Day
~ Shamrock Size Sorting
~ Count by Two Shamrock Counting
~ Four Leaf Clover Stamped Shamrocks
~ Roll a Leprechaun Dice Game
~ Shamrock Number Fun
Fun Math Activities Using Potatoes!!
Estimation: Supply a few five or ten pound bags of potatoes (different varieties and brands) for your students. (If you do not want to buy several bags of potatoes, perhaps you can have them do it at home and bring in their results to find the average and to make comparisons between bags.)
~ Estimate how many potatoes they think are in the bag. Take out potatoes and count them to find out! Were they right? How far off were they? Do this with several bags. Is it always the same? Collect data and find the average amount per bag.
~ Do different types or brands of potatoes make a difference to the amount of potatoes in the same weight bags?
Measurement: Depending on the age of your students, have them measure the potatoes in various ways.
~ Young students may sort them by size.
~ Older students may measure them in length, height, or weight.
~ Ask students to figure out how many 'potatoes' tall they are, or figure out the length of an object using potatoes. Have them figure out if that is a reliable way of measuring with accuracy and why.
~ Try weight experiments: How many small potatoes will weigh the same as 3 large potatoes?; Ask students to grab 5 miscellaneous potatoes, estimate their weight and check the answer; How many potatoes will they need to make one more pound; etc.
~ Have them try to find two or more potatoes that weight the same amount. Do they have to be similar in shape to be the same weight?
~ Measure the circumference of the potatoes. Can they find one that is perfectly round (or close to it)?
~ Time Measurement (Science related): Do different sized or shaped cut French fries take different amounts of time to cook? Why?
~ The above two activities may be graphed: graph comparisons and contrasts of the number of small, medium, and large potatoes; graph the amount of potatoes in the bags; etc.
~ Ask the students to research what the favorite ways of eating potatoes are, then graph the results. What types of potatoes do you like the best? - Fried, mashed, baked, scalloped, raw, as chips, etc.; What do you like to put on your French fries? - plain, salt, ketchup, mustard, cheese, etc.; How many time per week do you eat potatoes?
Many fun (and tasty!) math activities may be done with colorful candies!
~ Estimate how many green candies are in the bag.
~ Graph the number of each color candy.
~ Use candies as manipulatives for simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
~ Discuss fractions and percentages with the amount of colors in all.
~ Create word problems with the candies - "If there are 10 candies and Mrs. J eats 3, how many are left?" - "If Bridget, Megan, Brian, and Michael each have 6 green candies, how many are there in all?"