Tuesday, March 1, 2011

St. Patrick's Day 2011

Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day project for your PreK-Grade 3 classroom?  Projects By Jen has you covered.  Here’s a whole day’s worth of activities orbiting around the theme of St. Patrick’s Day that you can incorporate into your classroom activities.

Here’s the cool part: The only thing you need beyond standard primary classroom supplies would be a box of General Mills Lucky Charms cereal.

Now, let me say this: I’m a secondary teacher by training.  At first glance, this seems like “fluff.”  “Crayola Curriculum” and the like.  But I’m glad I gave it a chance.  For a imageprimary educator, this site contains some good stuff!  It’s even correlated to ISTE’s NETS-Standards as well as California State Standards!  It would be a short journey to connect those to your PreK-3 curriculum Standards. And could a creative and thoughtful professional educator adjust these activities for Upper Elementary classroom activities?  Why not?
Middle Grades & High School Teachers: Don’t even think about it.  Seriously. 
Those secondary teachers - they’re always after me Lucky Charms.
<Sorry – Couldn’t resist… >
The basic activities are much like the tried and true sorting & graphing activities, using “candy-coated chocolate pieces,” or other fun snacks, just modified for the cereal.  But the great part is the correlation to NETS-S Standards as well as all of the cross-curricular connections and links.  There are familiar elements and new elements woven throughout!

There’s an optional online component as well. Nationwide results will be published so kids can see how they can contribute to the overall project.  Teachers need to register (free) starting March 1 in order to participate.  Final Results will be posted March 21.

This project was posted on Lori's Latest Links.

St. Patrick's Day 2011

Cereal Box Image from http://theimaginaryworld.com/box710.jpg 
Welcome image from http://www.projectsbyjen.com/Projects/stpat2011/sp2011Home.html

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