Are you looking for some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities to do at your green party this week? You are having a green party, aren’t you?
At a green party, the students dress in green, eat green food, and drink green beverages. You can serve green milk and cookies, or green cupcakes and juice. You’ll also need some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities!
Before you try the activities below, be sure to introduce your young learners to our St. Patrick’s Day poster of idioms. Make sure that they understand the idiomatic meanings before you introduce these activities. These activities play on the “literal” meaning of the words, as the poster does. It will help them remember the expressions.
Note: ESL Library subscribers can download and print the Lucky Idioms Poster here.
3 Activities for St. Patrick’s Day
Print out this handout to eliminate prep work. This is a party after all! Photocopy as many copies as you need. You’ll also need string, scissors, clothes pegs (or paperclips), and coloring utensils (lots of green).
1. A String of Good Luck
Put students in small groups or do this activity as one big class. Cut a long piece of string (as long as your classroom or hallway). Brainstorm all of the occasions when people wish each other “good luck.” Challenge your students to come up with 100! Or ask each student/group to come up with 7 (for good luck). You can print and cut out the clovers (page 1 of the PDF) or have students draw their own. Then have students write their “good luck” statements in the blanks before they hang their clovers on the string. You may need to help your students with prepositions (with/on/in). In some cases, more than one preposition may be possible.
You could do a few examples on the board. Teach them that they can use Good luck + -ing verb. (Good luck winning the drawing contest.) OR Good luck + preposition + noun. (Good luck in the drawing contest.)
Good luck on your speech. Good luck delivering your speech. Good luck in your soccer game. Good luck playing soccer. Good luck winning the lottery. Good luck in the lottery.
2. Thank Your Lucky Stars
Designate an area of your classroom or hallway as a place of gratitude! Invite every student and teacher in the school to fill out at least one star. Decorate the hall with things the people in your school are thankful for. Drawing stars is tricky! You can print these stars (page 2 of the PDF) and have students cut them out. Invite some artistic students to make a sign that says “Thank Your Lucky Stars.”
Here are some examples you could put on the board: I’m thankful for + noun
I’m thankful for sunshine. I’m thankful for my teacher. I’m thankful for my sister. I’m thankful for books. I’m thankful for music. I’m thankful for peace. I’m thankful for printable lesson plans and activities.
3. The Luck of the Draw
Hold a drawing contest on St. Patrick’s Day (page 3 of the PDF). Here are some possible things students can draw:
- a leprechaun
- a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end of it
- a green scene*
- their favorite character holding a four-leaf clover
Check out our St. Patrick’s Day Flashcards for other ideas.
Be sure to choose the winner randomly so that your students learn the idiom “luck of the draw.” For the prize you could pick up some chocolate coins or give away something green. Better yet, allow the winning student to be your “Lucky Leader” for the week. You can let your Lucky Leader line up first or choose first for any activities you do this week.
*This would be a fun time to introduce some different shades of green: forest green, mint green, turquoise, teal, olive, army green, and of course Kelly green, after the Irish name Kelly!
For all of our related lessons and materials, check out our Lesson Collection on Luck!