During St. Patrick’s Day, I have always focused on leprechauns, and rainbows, and pots of gold, but this year, I’d like to take a different approach. I’d like to spend time learning about the history behind St. Patrick’s Day, focusing on ELA while getting to know St. Patrick!
Gathering Prior Knowledge
My idea for this anchor chart is to get the kiddos to write on Post-it notes and share any prior knowledge they have on St. Patrick. Then, I’ll ask questions about him, as well!
History Channel Videos
Click here for a group of videos on St. Patrick’s history and St. Patrick’s Day.
(From the History Channel)
After we discuss our prior knowledge and identify our questions about St. Patricks, we will watch the video on getting to know St. Patrick from the History Channel. Then, we’ll really dive into reading!!
Here’s an example from my St. Patrick’s Day ELA and History Unit. It features a St. Patrick passage and interactive flip page with room to write down the facts we’ve learned.
Also, there is an eight-page mini book for the kiddos on getting to know St. Patrick. Here, we are practicing highlighting facts and focusing on important facts and interesting information.
Getting to Know St. Patrick
After we read our mini book, we will write facts and complete our flip book.
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