Everything you need to have a fun, learning filled March is included in this pack! This unit includes SEVEN activities (five math, one science, and one fun maker station!) hands on, engaging, and incredibly fun St. Patrick’s Day themed stations students will enjoy throughout the month of March! Each activity can easily be adapted to work with a variety of grade levels, although all have been aligned with 2nd grade Common Core standards. I’ve also included a link for you to download a version of this pack without the 2nd grade Common Core standards labeled on the pages.
There are so many ways these activities can be used: They can be done on one day with a stations model where students visit each station in small groups for 20-30 minutes each, with your whole class one activity at a time over a longer time span, in small groups with a parent volunteer, or could even be placed at independent centers or be used as early finisher activities! Either way, your students (or kids!) are sure to have a blast with these hands-on activities that they won’t even know they’re learning!
Activities included are:
Your Unlucky Day
This is a version of the game Kabam. Students choose a gold coin with a math problem written on it and answer the problem to keep the coin. If a student chooses an “Unlucky Day” coin, he/she must place ALL of his/her coins back in the pot.
Gold Coin Toss
Students toss gold coins into pots labeled with point values (these values can be differentiated based on your students!) and add their sum up for each round. Students get practice adding three numbers together at a time. *Warning- this game is addicting! Even for adults!*
Candy Estimation Station
Students estimate how many festive candies (Skittles, Lucky Charms, or even Trix cereal will work!) are in a jar, and then group the candies into arrays of 10 to find the actual amount. They compare their estimate to the actual amount and find the difference.
Make 10, Make 20, AND Make 100
Students play a memory type game where their goal is to flip two cards that make 10, 20, or 100 (depending on the version you decide to use- all versions and recording sheets are included!).
The student’s challenge is to create a leprechaun trap to catch a leprechaun using random items found in the classroom or donated from families (empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls, empty cereal/tissue boxes, string and ribbon… whatever you have laying around…) A recording sheet to plan is included, as well as a letter to send home asking for random household item donations!
Graphing with Lucky Charms
Students collect data on their bag of Lucky Charms and record and graph their findings.
There are two options for this fun science activity, and directions and recording sheets are included for both! Option #1 Students read directions and make “Leprechaun Slime” after drawing or writing the procedural directions. Option #2 Students use trial and error to try and make their own “Leprechaun Slime” after examining the teacher example. Students record their predictions and results for each trial.
Included in this unit are:
*Table signs for each station/activity (7 stations total)
*Recording sheets for EACH activity in color and black & white (you choose!)
*Teacher directions & a list of materials for each activity
*Student directions for each activity
*A link to download the pack without Common Core centers labeled on the pages
*Parent volunteer forms
*List of Common Core standards covered
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