Leprechauns, shamrocks, and green everything are part of the celebration on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. The holiday originally honored the patron saint of Ireland, but has since become a day to celebrate Ireland and Irish culture.
Introduce your students to leprechauns and their fascination with gold by using this illustrated mini-book (PDF) in class. Have You Seen My Pot of Gold? tells the story of a leprechaun who cannot find his pot of gold and asks various farm animals if they know where it is hidden. Students can color the characters and assemble the book, and the story also readily lends itself to theatrical adaptation.
Make the Mini-Books
- Copy the mini-book pages (PDF) for the books on standard 8 ½-by-11-inch paper, making single-sided copies.
- In class, have your students use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to color in the leprechaun character and his farm yard friends.
- Your students should cut apart the mini-book pages along the solid lines. They will end up with 8 pages (including the cover) for each book.
- Help your students arrange the pages in order with the cover on top (page numbers are provided on the mini-book pages). Students can staple the pages on the left side to make the book.
Divide the class into small groups. Assist the groups in making finger or stick puppets of the characters in the story. Try enlarging photocopies of the mini-book pages to create puppet-sized images. Your students can color and cut out the characters, and then tape them to craft sticks. Take this activity even farther by having your student groups create simple shoe-box stages or poster-board scenery to use as a backdrop for their story retellings. Having the students present the story in front of the class will showcase both their creativity and their understanding of the mini-book story.