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Ireland and St. Patrick

Related Posts:

Our St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Fairy Tales & Nature

Pumpkins & Jack-O-Lanterns

Water, Rain, Storms & Rainbow

Creating Mythical Creatures

Recommended Books:

  • St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons
  • St. Patrick’s Day In The Morning by Eve Bunting
  • Leprechaun Luck: A Wee Book of Irish Wisdom by Erin Gobragh
  • Viking Ships At Sunrise (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Leprechaun In Late Winter (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Leprechauns and Irish Folktale (Magic Tree House Research Guide) by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
  • The Last Snake In Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
  • The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing (alternate version of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas)

An Irish Saying:

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes…that’s the Irish for you!

Target Vocabulary: blessing, Celtic, clover, country, Gaelic, gold, green, Ireland, Irish, legend, leprechaun, luck, rainbow, republic, saying, shamrock, St. Patrick

Did You Know?: According to Irish tradition, the four-leaf clover is believed to bring good luck to those who find one because it is not common.

Popular Irish Symbols:

  • Shamrock (three-leaf clover)
  • Four-leaf clover
  • Pot of Gold with a Rainbow
  • Leprechaun
  • Irish Flag
  • St. Patrick
  • Celtic Cross

Lesson Ideas:

Ireland, The Country ~ offer a general photographic book overview or discuss facts about Ireland, such as:

  • It is an island nation off the western coast of Europe divided into two regions: Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland (map)
  • When one speaks of Ireland, they are referring to the Republic of Ireland
  • The capital of Ireland is Dublin
  • Nicknamed the Emerald Isle because of its beautiful, lush, green countryside/land
  • Irish people have a great affection for nature and a rural way of life
  • One of Ireland’s main crop is the potato
  • Many Irish people are known for their red hair and fair skin
  • The main languages are Irish Gaelic and English
  • Colors of the Irish flag are green, white and orange
  • The Jack-O-Lanterns originated from Ireland

Irish Folktale ~ Ireland is rich in history, lore and traditions with popular themes such as fairies, leprechauns, rainbows, castles, the Norse and Celtic. Explore old and modern cultural themes and read stories that are rooted in historical traditions to help the child gain a fuller appreciation of Irish culture and customs.

Legend of Saint Patrick ~ discuss aspects of who he was and why he is the patron saint of St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

Luck of the Irish ~ Discuss the phrase and what it might mean (lucky, fortunate, positive attitude, etc.)

An Irish Blessing ~ Discuss this Irish Blessing and the message it conveys:

May you always have…

Walls for the wind,

A roof for the rain,

Tea beside the fire,

Laughter to cheer you,

Those you love near you,

And all your heart might desire.


Borrowing a little luck from the Irish

Borrowing a little luck from the Irish

Poems, Rhymes & Songs:

Coloring Pages:


Collection of St. Patrick’s Day crafts

Jokes & Riddles:

Collection of St. Patrick’s Day jokes and riddles



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This entry was posted on March 13, 2013 by in Geography, History, Holidays, Social Studies, Stories and tagged , , , .
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