February is almost over and it’s time to think about March activities. Here are some fun things I will be doing again this year with my students in the upcoming weeks. I have 3 different St. Patrick’s Day themed adapted books and I paired each one with a different follow-up craft/activity. The series includes: “Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See? – Colors and Shapes Edition”, “Where is the Shamrock?” and, “Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See? – Counting Edition”.
I like to pair the adapted book “Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See? – Colors and Shapes Edition” with a rainbow craft.
For “Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See? – Colors and Shapes Edition” the student has to select the correct color and the correct shape of the object that matches the item in the book. After we read the book I like to make rainbows with my students.
I just cut paper plates in half. Then use either fruit loops or pieces of colored paper to make the rainbow. I often trace the colors on the paper plate first to help the students know where to put the fruit loops or colored paper.
I like to pair the adapted book “Where is the Shamrock?” with a Shamrock craft.
“Where is the Shamrock?” targets the prepositional concepts “above”, “under”, “next to”, and “on” throughout the book. The students have to find the corresponding shamrock and place it in the correct location related to the St. Patrick’s Day pictures in the book.
After you finish reading the book you can make Shamrocks with different patterns! This is a great craft to work on following directions, requesting, and modeling action verbs. I just cut out shamrocks from white construction paper. Then I have the students rip different shades of color green tissue paper and white tissue paper. You can always use more colorful tissue paper or paint to decorate the shamrocks. If you want more details about this book and craft combo click the link to last year’s post – “Where is the Shamrock?” and Shamrock Craft
I paired the adapted book “Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See?” with a Free St. Patrick’s Day counting activity. “Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See?” focuses on number concepts 1-10 and identifying different St. Patrick’s Day themed items. It’s great to work on following directions, building up vocabulary skills, number correspondence, and turn taking with others if you are reading it with a group of students.
On each page the Leprechaun see a different number of St. Patrick’s Day themed items. The student has to find the corresponding number to match how many items are in the book. You can always change the prompting by holding up 2 numbers to see if the student can identify the number from a visual field of 2 numbers. The student also has to find the corresponding St. Patrick’s Day picture to match the items in the book. Again, there may be some new vocabulary terms and concepts your student is learning with this book.
As a follow-up activity to work on this “how many?” concept I created some worksheets. If you would like a FREE copy of these pages please click the following link – St. Patrick’s Day Counting The first 2 sheets each have six different boxes with a different number of St. Patrick’s Day items in them. You can set this up as a file folder activity. This is a great follow-up activity to practice one-to-one correspondence and review those holiday vocabulary terms after you finish reading the book.
The final 2 pages each have 10 “how many” questions which require the student to count the different number of items to answer the question. You can copy this page and use it as a worksheet. For more information about this book and counting activity click the link – “Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See?” and Counting Freebies
St. Patrick’s Day Shakes, Freezes, and Floats. These are all delicious treats you can make with your students.
I often pick one recipe to make with several of my groups of students for St. Patrick’s Day. You can also have the students vote on what they want to make!
St. Patrick’s Day Shakes and St. Patrick’s Day Freezes both have written and visual recipes and are made in the blender.
St. Patrick’s Day Floats are super simple to make. Just pour sprite over the lime sherbet and watch it bubble. Then add whipped cream to the top. This is great to work on sequencing those 1st, 2nd, and 3rd concepts.
A new recipe I created last year was Leprechaun Dip and it was a huge success! I created both visual and written recipes for the Leprechaun Dip.
I also cut the recipe in half and wrote Small Group Leprechaun Dip across the top so that you can use this recipe with groups of 4-5 students. I sometimes do whole class lessons in a couple classrooms so I figured I would make a full recipe but for my speech sessions it often consists of 3-4 students in the group so we can use the small group recipe. If you are interested in a free copy of this recipe please click the link – Leprechaun Dip
I also created visuals and questions to pair with the book “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover” by Lucille Colandro.
I use the smaller book pictures while we read the story and the larger pictures to re-sequence the story after we finish reading it. After you finish the book, you can have the students answer the visual or written questions. Depending on your students’ level you can leave the larger pictures out to help the students answer the questions or you can see if the students can do it without the added visual support.