First, this educational lesson allows you to explain how a rainbow is formed. Using a prism and sunlight, you can demonstrate how the light spectrum separates into visible colors. Then, you can take that concept and illustrate how rain droplets create rainbows on a much larger scale. Perhaps your students can create rainbows with a prism and document what they see.
What child doesn’t love playing with slime? Since green is the color of choice for St. Patrick’s Day, teach a chemistry lesson about green slime. Start with a simple recipe that uses washable glue, water, glitter, food coloring, and other themed decorations. As your students mix the ingredients, teach them how the mixture changes from a liquid to a solid. Then, have a slime play session with the finished product!
St. Patrick’s Day projects can also serve as a tangent for other lessons, such as gardening and environmental conservation. For example, teach students how to create their own milk jug planters that recycle containers in a clever way. This is also a great excuse to talk about healthy greens and herbs that the students can plant. Finally, you can close out the lesson with a broader message about sustainability and protecting the Earth.
Leprechauns are St. Patty’s Day’s jolly little mascots, and some of the best classroom activities for elementary students involve these folk creatures. In particular, we love the leprechaun paper plate mask. This is easy to make and a great way for students to get creative. All you need are some paper plates, construction paper, glue, colored paint (or colored pencils), and scissors. Finish by tying a piece of yarn to the backs, so students can secure the masks to their faces.
Finally, finding the pot of gold can be an excellent prompt for a homespun story. Ask students to imagine what they would do if they discovered gold at the end of a rainbow. Then, have them write a story with multiple characters and adventures along the way. It’s an excellent excuse for teaching students how to craft a story arc. The lesson can include a breakdown for each phase in the story, such as conflict, climax, and resolution.
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