St. Patrick's Day Stories, Gardens, and Other Fun
clover observation chart. After the seeds are planted, you can set the clover up in an observation center for students to visit independently or in small groups. They can fill in this comparison sheet, draw diagrams of the plants as they grow, and use magnifying glasses to search for four-leafed clovers.
how clover fits into Earth's nitrogen cycle.
Carry the clover theme into reading, with this shamrock book recommendation form from The Centered School Library.
Students could also use the book review form to recommend their favorite leprechaun stories. Read a few leprechaun picture books, like Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaula and Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott. With older kids, read Leprechaun in Late Winter from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. Also check out Leprechauns and Irish Folklore, the nonfiction companion to Osborne's novel.
Invite some luck your way by making the clover patch or another area of the garden into a retreat for leprechauns.
free leprechaun puppet that kids can use for storytelling and imaginative play in the new mini garden.
All this learning and gardening will work up an appetite. For snack time, make Irish soda bread, a traditional St. Patrick's day food. Soda bread is simple to make, because the baking soda in the recipe helps the bread rise. This means no repetitions of kneading and rising like in many bread recipes.
For more St. Patrick's Day fun, check out these rainbow-themed learning ideas.