Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day First Grade Style

When my students arrived this morning they discovered that our classroom had been visited by a leprechaun. There were a few little messes and a new message scrawled across our morning message. I couldn't believe how quickly they cleaned things up or how excited they were. After some discussion of the excitement in our room (and a lot of indignation on my part that anyone could do such a thing to our room) we headed up to the computer lab for the first time in a long time.

The kids created patterns with shamrocks and leprechauns. They were quite concerned about what might happen to our room while we were in the computer lab. Fortunately no one managed to get in during that time.

However, while we were at lunch our visitor came back. He left a message on our smartboard about his gold. There were footprints on our classroom door, the window, the wall near the smartboard, and each table leading up to a green carnation.

As soon as we walked in and discovered all of this, one little friend grabbed some green construction paper and scissors and quickly cut out some shamrocks. During writing time the students worked in small groups to write instructions on how to catch a leprechaun. They had some fabulous ideas.

I have to admit that days like this are a ton more fun in a primary grade than they are in the upper grades!


Wm Chamberlain said...

What a fun shared experience. You may teach tons of stuff to your students this year that they need to build on, but activities like this will be what they remember.
Mr. C

Angela Watson said...

LOVE this post! I've featured it in this month's accolades at The Cornerstone:


HappyChyck said...

That is just too cute! Great job on making things magical!