Leprechauns, shamrocks, parades, pots of gold…there are tons of ideas that come to mind when teachers think about St. Patrick’s Day in the classroom. All the anticipation is building up…what should you do with your students? Most St. Patrick’s Day activities can be fun for March 17th, but do they provide educational value? Do they help students build background knowledge and a look into culture?
Why not try some EASY, NO PREP St. Patrick’s Day activities with a twist of fun and loads of valuable information? Perfect way to incorporate reading strategies in your upper elementary or middle school classroom.
Here are 8 No Prep St. Patrick’s Day activities to try in your classroom, stress–free!
Whether you’re searching for digital or printable St. Patrick’s Day resources, I’ve got you covered! These activities are designed for kids in 4th grade – 7th grade.
1. St. Patrick’s Day Secret Message Activity
Have some digital fun with this St. Patrick’s Day Secret Message Activity for Google Sheets™. Students will read a non-fiction passage about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and then answer questions. Correct answers will begin to reveal the secret message! Great self-checking reading comprehension activity for distance learning.
2. St. Patrick’s Day Printable Escape Room
The St. Patrick’s Day Escape Room will take students on a secret mission around the classroom! This escape room has students decode interesting facts about U.S. traditions, traditions around the world and fun St. Patrick’s Day statistics. This St. Patrick’s Day Escape Room has students walking around the classroom breaking codes. The codes include ciphers, Morse code, cryptograms and a final 4 digit code based on the decoders/clues.
3. St. Patrick’s Day Collaborative Poster
The St. Patrick’s Day Collaborative Block Poster can be used as a fun team-building holiday activity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Students work together to piece their St. Patrick’s Day “block” with their classmates. The result is a beautiful, fun, one of a kind pop-art to hang in the hall. “St. Patrick’s Day” is a fun way to ensure that every student in your class feels appreciated.
4. Digital St. Patrick’s Day Escape Room
The St. Patrick’s Day Digital Escape Room will take students on a secret mission through two 360° VIEW rooms! This escape room has students decode interesting facts about St. Patrick’s Day, traditions and history.
5. St. Patrick’s Day Interactive Google Slides™ Presentation
Try something new with this Digital St. Patrick’s Day Interactive Google Slides Presentation™ with self-checking questions! You can EASILY download the Google Slides™ as a PowerPoint if that platform works better for you! Perfect reading comprehension activity for distance learning! Topics include: facts about U.S. traditions, history, traditions around the world and fun St. Patrick’s Day statistics. Students will read a short paragraph and then answer a question, move onto the next paragraph on a new slide and complete the corresponding question. There are 14 short passages and 14 questions.
6. St. Patrick’s Day Color by Number, Reading Passage and Text Marking
This St. Patrick’s Day Color by Number and Text Marking activity is the perfect way to bring life to the topic! Students read a non-fiction passage and search for answers while marking evidence from the text. Perfect reading comprehension activity. Students complete a “before reading” anticipation guide, read about St. Patrick’s Day, answer questions, mark the text for evidence, color the picture according to their answer, and complete the “after reading” anticipation guide. This is a great cross curriculum activity that also practices Language Arts skills and citing evidence.
7. St. Patrick’s Day DIGITAL Reading Passage & Questions – Self Grading
Ensure comprehension with this SELF-GRADING St. Patrick’s Day DIGITAL Reading Passage and Questions for Google Classroom™. The non-fiction reading passage in digital format is delivered through Google Forms™ but a printable copy is inside as well!
8. Decorate the classroom and dress the part
Grab these cute St. Patrick’s Day signs and dress up with these cute wearables!
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