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12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day

Curriculum Resources for All Grade Levels Explore Irish Culture & History

Found In: arts, language arts, social studies, PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Resources include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials. They will help your students learn about and explore Irish culture, history and traditions, including Irish folktales literature, recipes, Celtic art and mythology, the Great Potato Famine, and more.

For Grades K-5

  1. Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato (8:08)
    An Irish folktale. A leprechaun offers Jamie O’Rourke the biggest potato in the world if Jamie will let him go. (Grades K-2)
  2. Reading Rainbow: Two Old Potatoes and Me (31:07) vimeo icon
    Jordan Puryear reads Two Old Potatoes and Me, about a girl who works with her father to recycle two rotted potatoes by replanting them using the sprouts to grow a whole new crop of potatoes. LeVar, working with his daughter, is inspired to make potato dishes from recipes in the book. (Grades K-5)
  3. History of St. Patrick’s Day
    Nine brief videos covering the history of St. Patrick’s Day and associated traditions. (Grades K-5)
  4. St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Activities
    Crafts, activities, printable books, spelling and writing pages, math activities, coloring pages, and more. (Grades K-5)
  5. St. Patrick's Day Printables and Worksheets
    Word searches and scrambles, puzzles, and coloring pages. (Grades K-5)
  6. The Secret of Kells (2009) (1:15:33)
    An award-winning animated movie about Brendan, the boy behind the Book of Kells. (Grades 3-12)
  7. Song of the Sea (2014) (1:23:00)
    A young boy and his little sister, who can turn into a seal, set out to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

For Grades 6-12

  1. The Great Irish Soda Bread Debate
    A traditional recipe for this quick bread and seven variations. (Grades 6-12)
  2. Famine
    During The Great Famine of 1845–9, 750,000 Irish citizens died and 1.5 million emigrated from Ireland to the United States. This section of a larger Irish history project examines the causes and effects of the potato blight. (Grades 9-12)
  3. Celtic Europe
    An introduction to Celtic history and mythology. (Grades 6-12)
  4. Immigration Explorer
    With this interactive map, users can select a foreign-born group to see how they settled across the United States. (Census data from 1880 to 2000) (Grades 6-12)
  5. Newcomers to New York: Mapping Immigrant History
    More than 1.5 million people emigrated from Ireland to the United States during 1845-1855, with a majority landing in New York City. Includes lesson plans and PDFs. (Grades 6-12)
  6. Celtic Knotwork Tutorial ( PDF, 2.2 MB, 59 pgs.)
    Introduction to Knotwork Construction: A Tutorial. This tutorial is introductory and doesn't require prior experience in Celtic art or design. (Grades 6-12) 

 last updated: January 25, 2016


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