Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Mrs. O'Daly and the Leprechaun is a story I heard nearly 30 years ago, during March of my first year of teaching. I honestly do not know who originated it, or if it’s an actual Irish folk tale. All I know is that I have been retelling it since that time, and every grade I have taught has thoroughly enjoyed it. I had made a “flannel board” and “pieces” to retell the story out of interfacing material, and I still have/use them only now with magnetic instead of flannel boards. This is my version, the way I remember it.
I am providing a Read-A-Loud for the teacher to "hook" the students, then reel them in with their own booklets, to assemble, read, and color. The "craftivity" is made up of large building pieces for students to color and create their own leprechaun "prop" for retelling the story. This is great for all students, but especially awesome for English learners. This tale has all the elements for retelling. It has high interest, a lot of repetition, sequencing, lots of adjectives, and visual aids. These days, with so much technology in the classroom, the students can video/record their retelling time and get really excited when they view themselves and their class mates! This is an engaging, fun, and meaningful activity that can be part of literature centers, cooperative work, guided reading, and for ELD time. Of course, it is a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the students. I hope you and your students enjoy it as much as my students and I have!