I mentioned that I would be trying to create some digital breakouts when I posted this. Leonardo the Leprechaun is my first attempt, and I thought I would share it with those of you who might be able to use it this week in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
I should tell you that I have already asked my 4th and 5th graders to give this a try, and I made some changes each time based on their feedback. We definitely had some major issues – one of them being that the new Google Sites is currently blocked in our district. If your students are unable to access the link, that is probably why, unfortunately. The other glitches were all my fault, but I’ve hopefully fixed them!
Your students may want to write down the answers they get for each clue, as they will all need to be submitted at the same time in the Google Form. Also, I’m not revealing any answers here – I don’t want any smart problem-solvers Googling to find them!
I’d be happy to get your feedback here, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My 2nd graders worked on using “Combine” and “Put to Another Use” this week. For “Combine,” they invented something new with a clock and a four-leaf-clover. (I love how the clock hands will pinch you if you aren’t wearing green!) The “Put to Another Use” assignment asked the students to think of another way to use a Leprechaun hat.
My Kinder students have made leprechaun traps for the last few years, and it always amuses me as they get older and sadly reminisce that they didn’t catch any leprechauns. I’m never quite sure who is fooling who – are they just trying to make me believe that they believe, or are we all just making believe?
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I have been doing a few leprechaun activities with my students. One that my 1st graders enjoy is to use the “Substitute” tool from S.C.A.M.P.E.R. to imagine what they would like to find at the end of the rainbow instead of a pot of gold. This year, one student drew a puppy that solves Rubix Cubes. That was definitely “out of the pot” thinking! My 2nd graders “Adapted” a classroom to leprechauns, and included posters that instructed the leprechaun students, “How to Talk to Humans.”
The hands-down favorite St. Patrick’s Day activity for my students has always been the Leprechaun Traps. I usually do this with my Kindergartners. The other day, my 2nd graders were recalling the excitement of making the traps and speculating that “probably Mrs. Eichholz was the one who left the notes – not a leprechaun.” 🙂 I’m looking forward to introducing my newest group of Kinders to the Design Process and STEM as they invent their own leprechaun traps.
Breakout Edu has a couple of Leprechaun games on their Seasonal page. (Remember that you need to register for free in order to get the password that opens the full set of instructions.)
And, as if that is not enough, the MilkandCookies blog offers a free download of St. Patrick’s Day logic and sudoku puzzles here.
I wish everyone the Luck of the Irish this March, and I hope you discover your own pot of gold in the near future. (If it’s a puppy who can solve Rubix Cubes, please send him to my house because I’ve never been able to complete one without cheating.)
This is my St. Patrick’s Day post from last year. I’m trying to post it in plenty of time so you can use it for the holiday if you like.
A couple of years ago I posted about the cute idea that I’d found on several websites of having students build leprechaun traps. Since my Kinders were learning about Inventor Thinking around that time, we tried it out. They were very earnest about creating efficient traps, and I’m pretty sure at least one of the students was disappointed that he didn’t catch his prey. You can see our class blog posts from that year here and here.
Here is an updated list of St. Patrick’s Day links in case you want to try to capture your own leprechaun this year – or, better yet, his pot of gold:
For a Pinterest Board with over 200 Leprechaun Trap ideas, click here.
Yesterday’s post about the “Engineering – Go For It!” website left me thinking that I should look for some good sites for younger students related to engineering, too. Today I have one to share with you. “Left Brain Craft Brain” is a blog by a mother who happens to be a chemical engineer who loves to craft. She shares projects that she has done with her young daughter, and the activities are well-suited for PreK through 2nd grade children.
There are many other St. Patrick’s Day activities on the site, too. But don’t worry – you don’t need to have the luck of the Irish to benefit from Left Brain Craft Brain. There are plenty of other topics that will surely interest your young artistic engineer!