Language Activities and Games for St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's Day

Make as many words as possible from the above phrase in five minutes. After time is called, read the words on your list. You will earn one point for each word you can use correctly in a sentence.

Green Eggs and Ham
Read the book Green Eggs and Ham to class. Brainstorm a list of as many green food items as possible. List all items on board. Randomly ask a student, "Do you like [insert green food item]?" The student should respond, "Yes, I like . . ." or "No, I don't like. . . ." This student should then question another student. Continue until each student has had several turns.

Note: If book is not available, this activity may still be used to review expressing likes and dislikes.

Green, Green, and More Green!

  • Write students' names on small scraps of paper. Fold in half. Place in bag or cup.

  • Allow students sixty seconds to brainstorm a list of green items.

  • Have all students stand.

  • Draw names at random. Each student must name a green item that has not already named within five seconds of having his/her name called or sit down.

  • The last student to remain standing wins.

A Green World
(a combination of "I Spy" and "Twenty Questions")

Note: This activity is best performed outside.

Choose one student to be the spy. The student has five seconds to choose a green object which he or she should whisper to the teacher to ensure fair play. (The teacher should eliminate objects that are not a constant part of the playing environment. In other words, the green car that passed a minute before or the insect circling the area are not viable options.)

The student then announces to the rest of the class, "I spy with my little eye something green."

Students take turns asking up to twenty questions about the object. For instance, "Does it grow in the park? Do we walk on it?" If a student thinks he knows the answer, he may venture a guess after asking his question. (The student must ask a question even if he thinks he already knows the answer -- exercises in communication!) If a student correctly guesses the item, he or she becomes the next spy. If a student guesses incorrectly, he or she must sit out the remainder of the round.

How to Catch a Leprechaun
Tell students, "Leprechauns are smart. They are very hard to catch. But if you catch one, some people say that he will lead you to his pot of gold!"

Divide students into groups of three or four. Allow students five to seven minutes to formulate a plan. After planning time is up, call on a student to begin describing his or her group's plan. After ten to fifteen seconds, stop this student, and ask another group member to continue until all members of the group have had a turn and plan has been told. Proceed to next group.

Variation: Use a tape recorder to create the "Perfect Plan." Begin recording plan. Each time a mistake is made in grammar and/or usage, stop recording. Allow the student to correct mistake. If necessary, he may consult with other group members. If no one in the group can help him, he may consult with other members of the class. When he knows how to correct the mistake, begin recording again, beginning with the correction.

Leprechaun Fashion
Using a photocopier, enlarge a line drawing of a leprechaun to 11" x 17" (A3). Color.  Cut along lines of clothing (i.e. hat, jacket, pants, shoes, etc.). Laminate pieces.

Stick Mr. Leprechaun's head on the wall.  Call on students to add articles of clothing.

Note: If you are an artist, you may wish to draw Mr. Leprechaun larger than 11 x 17. You may also wish to create other articles of clothing, such as a shirt and vest to go beneath the jacket, a watch, glasses, etc.

Quest for Gold

Spray paint small rocks with gold paint.

On St. Patrick's Day, hide these around the classroom or playground before children arrive.

Tell children a leprachaun has hidden his gold and needs their help to find it. Give each child a bag or small basket, and let them search for the hidden gold nuggets.

After the search ends, ask children to list a few of the places they found gold. (Use this activity to help English language learners review vocabulary--"under the oak tree," "beside the trash can," etc.)

Divide children into small groups. Ask them to brainstorm ways the leprechaun might have lost his gold. Using these ideas, the group write should the story behind the missing gold. Give each group time to share its final story with the rest of the class.

For added excitement, let children trade their gold nuggets for small prizes.

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