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17 St. Patrick's Day Resources For March 17

With Irish origins, St. Patrick’s Day is now celebrated around the world every year on March 17. In fact, one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country takes place right here in Georgia! But you don’t need the luck of the Irish or the wealth from a pot of gold to get access to great St. Patrick’s Day resources. Explore our collection of 17 classroom activities, lesson plans, and ideas to get your class excited for St. Patrick’s Day this year! 

Grades: K-5
You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but it is a way to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Around the world, festivals and parades are held to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick, as we learn in this PBS LearningMedia resource.
 
Grades: K-5
Have your students create their own leprechaun with this cut out from LearningEnglish-ESL. 
 
Grades: K-5
Today is your lucky day! From PBS Parents, let your little leprechauns flip through these green reads while you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
 
Grades: K-5
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so why not have some fun in your school activities with one of HowToHomeSchoolMyChild.com’s favorite St Patrick’s Day Activities.
 
Grades: 9-12
Explains how the potato was introduced to Ireland and why the crop was so vital to the country’s poor with this video from Discovery Education. 
 
Grades: 3-8
When did the first St. Patrick’s Day parade take place? And just how much corned beef and cabbage is consumed in the U.S. each year? Find out how many Americans trace their lineage to Ireland and more fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day food and traditions, via History.com.
 
Grades: 1-12
On PBS LearningMedia, watch dancers with the Carrigdhoun Comhaltas perform examples of three traditional Irish dances in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dances they perform include a polka (Balleydesmond), a jig (Jenny Lind), and a reel (Drowsy Maggie and Cooleys).
 
Grades: 6-12
More than 1.5 million people emigrated from Ireland to the United States during 1845-1855, with a majority landing in New York City. This Museum at Eldridge Street resource includes lesson plans and PDFs. 
 
Grades: 9-12
Between 1845 and 1852, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases. By 1855, more than two million more fled Ireland to avoid a similar fate. Learn more about this dark time in Ireland's history with thegreathunger.org's collection. 
 
Grades: K-5
The Irish brought their love for St. Patrick to America. By the end of the 1800s, everyone celebrated St. Patrick's Day. Discover how this Irish saint influenced Americans with this Discovery Education video. 
 
Grades: 3-8
Planning to wear green, watch a parade and enjoy some corned beef in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend? First, get your facts straight by exploring the truth behind common misconceptions about the holiday—and the man thought to have inspired it, via History.com. 
 
Grades: K-8
With this Discovery Education resource, discover some of the legends and symbols of St. Patrick’s Day, including snakes, shamrocks, fairies, and leprechauns.
 
Grades: K-5
Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with these fun and easy shamrock shakers from PBS Parents!
 
Grades: K-3
St. Patrick's Day celebrates Irish culture and heritage. With this PBS LearningMedia storyboard, learn how people around the world hold festivals and parades to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick. 
 
Grades: 6-12
With this New York Times 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: K-8
This Discovery Education video describes some of the major events of St. Patrick’s life, including how he escaped slavery in Ireland and became a Christian priest. 
 
Grades: K-5
Green was not the first color associated with St. Patrick, so just how did green come to represent this holiday? Find out in this History.com video. 

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Mary Anne serves as an education specialist at GPB, where she develops content and resources for educators and students. A native Georgian, Mary Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia earning her Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, with concentrations in Language Arts and Social Studies.... more