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March 18, 2011 St. Patrick's Day: Mischief o' the Leprechaun By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    Yesterday, there was an incident in my classroom. My students and I walked in and found it torn apart. Furniture was tipped over; supplies were scattered everywhere; the whole place was a mess. And there were funny green footprints all over . . .

    St. Patrick's Day and the Mischievous Leprechaun

    It turned out that a leprechaun had paid a visit and played some naughty tricks on us. My students were as shocked and upset as I was, but they immediately set about picking up after the little green guy.

     

    They righted the overturned chairs . . .

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    Put the scattered supplies away . . .

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    And scrubbed the floor and tables. Can you believe he even left green slime?

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    We were disgusted that he had used our toilets and hadn't flushed.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    And we were miffed that he'd written over our morning message with a pretty smug message of his own.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    We saw that the dolls were looking out the window as if they had seen him, so we decided to go on a leprechaun hunt.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    Sure enough, he had left a trail of leprechaun dust, as well as some green and gold rings, in his wake.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    We followed it to where it ended at a big tree, and while we didn't find the leprechaun, we did find a pot of gold, necklaces, Lucky Charms, and green Pixy Stix.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    The leprechaun had written us a note. (Click the images for a closer look.)

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    The kids were pleased with the gifts, so they dressed up and drew pictures of what they thought the leprechaun might have looked like.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK
    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    Is a leprechaun considered a pest? What's the safest way to get rid of one? Obviously not by trying to grab him, like I did. I only tore off part of his pants! Leprechauns can really run fast.

     

     

    After our big leprechaun fiasco, we decided to try to catch one by building a leprechaun trap. It worked! A leprechaun climbed up the ladder and tried to steal the gold bait we laid out, but it fell through the trap in the top and landed in a cup of liquid gold. The attached hammer was pulled down by the weight of his fall and knocked the lid down on the cup, trapping him in. He melted and turned the liquid green. Take that, leprechaun!

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK
    We finished off our party by talking about the Emerald Isle, and wished each other "St. Patrick's Day blessings upon you!"


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    So we had started off the day angry, but it turned out to be magical in the end!

       

     

    St. Patrick's Day and the Green Classroom

    On St. Patrick's Day, literally be "green" by adopting some eco-conscious practices, such as:

    1. Wear something green. Not just the color green, but also organic or recycled.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

     

     2. Plant something green.
    In keeping with the holiday, try clover.

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK 3. Eat something green.
    Something grown: vegetables, not Jell-O.

     

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    4. Reuse something green. If you saved candy from Christmas, it can be reused twice — red for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day.
     

     

    Green Heart 5. Earn a Green Heart. Learn how important trees are to the Earth by attending Root-A-Mentary School, taught by the Treetures. Activities include learning how to identify different trees and leaves, watching trees change with the season, learning about wildlife that depends on trees, planting and watering trees, planting flowers and mulch around trees, and reporting holes, decay, or cracked branches to a tree doctor.

     

    Green Cup 6. Take the Green Cup Challenge. Improve your energy efficiency as a school. This event takes place in February each year, but you can start your greening efforts any time. Activities include eating by candlelight, putting on a "Trashin' Show" to spotlight recycled or reused clothes, putting on a climate rock concert, and having a light bulb swap.

     

       
    Green Flag 7. Join the Green Flag Program. Improve the environmental impact of your school. Activities include learning about when something is a pest and when it is not, sending samples of products to a laboratory to test their toxicity, making an airborne junk detector, and making a mini landfill.

     

    Do you ever have trouble with leprechauns in your classroom?

    Have a lucky weekend!

    ~Allie

     

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK

    St. Patrick's Day in Kindergarten and PreK
     

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