Did you know that there are 34 million people of Irish ancestry in the US? That’s almost 9 times more than the population of Ireland (3.9 million). It’s no wonder that St. Patrick’s Day is such a widely celebrated holiday in the US! The St Pat’s Day Parade in the New York City is the largest in the world, with 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators.
Here are some great ways to celebrate this holiday in the classroom, incorporating Social Studies, art, reading and writing:
- Rainbows – use a prism to show how the white light bends into the colors
- Traditional Irish music – the fiddle and the harp
- Learn the Legend of Saint Patrick
- Learn about Ireland – the Emerald Isle
- Plant shamrocks
- Read alouds — one of my favorite is Harp ‘O Gold, by Teresa Bateman. Other titles include : Jack and the Leprechaun, Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato, Leprechaun Luck, Look What Came from Ireland.
- Last but not least – check out the song, Everybody’s Irish on St Patrick’s Day — my original song about a St Pat’s Day parade in new York City.
- Have fun!
Listen to Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in the audio player, below.