TCI St Patrick's Day Lesson by TeachTCI

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									   S.T. P A T R I C K ‘ S D A Y L E S S O N

                                                                                                                  In one
   Why So Green?                                                                                                    day

   Who was St. Patrick?

   Overview                                                                                        Materials
                                                                                                   • One packet per student that
   Students analyze information surrounding the life of                                              includes the Preview,
   St. Patrick.                                                                                      Student Handouts, and

   Preview Students analyze the structure of a traditional                                         • 5 copies each of Placards A,
   Irish limerick by Edward Lear and consider other items                                            B, and C (6 if your class size
                                                                                                     is over 30 students)
   associated with St. Patrick’s Day.
                                                                                                   • Smart phone or iPod touch
   Activity In a Skill Builder, students study an image and                                          with a QR code scanner app
                                                                                                     and access to Wikipedia and
   visit a website where they learn about the life and times
                                                                                                     other websites.
   of St. Patrick. Students assemble their notes on a graphic
   organizer of the Irish flag.                                                                     -or-

                                                                                                   • Access to the research
   Processing Students demonstrate their knowledge of St.                                            websites listed on the last
   Patrick by constructing their own limerick that includes                                          page of the lesson guide.
   something they learned.
                                                                                                   • Traditional Irish music to
                                                                                                     play while students are
                                                                                                     engaged in the activity.
   In the course of this lesson and participating in the
   classroom activity, students will
   • discover the events in the life of St. Patrick.
   • analyze images and websites
   • construct a traditional Irish limerick.

© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute                                                     

   Suggested time: 5 minutes

   1. Greet students at the door. Distribute packet that
      includes Preview, Student Handouts, and Processing
      to each student.

   2. Project image of Preview depicting one of Edward
      Lear’s traditional Irish limericks. Have students
      answer the questions on their preview.

   3. Quickly debrief the Preview. After two minutes, ask
      the students:
      • What is the name of this type of poetry?
      • How are these types of poems structured (lines
        per poem and syllables)?                                                                        Projected image of
      • What holiday are these types of poems usually
        associated with?
      • What other things are associated with this
      • What do you know about the person for which
        this holiday is named?

   Skill Builder
   Suggested time: 30 minutes

   1. Place students into pairs. Group students
      heterogeneously into pairs.

   2. Explain the purpose of the activity. Explain to
      students that they will study some of the events
      surrounding the life of St. Patrick. Pairs will receive a
      placard with an image. They will analyze the image
      and scan the QR code to find a website containing
      information on St. Patrick. Then they will take notes
      on a graphic organizer and repeat the process two
      more times.

© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute                                                     

   3. Explain how to scan QR codes. Have students turn
      to the first Student Handout in their packet that
      contains the directions for the activity. Model the
      procedures for scanning QR codes. Be sure to:
          • Show students where to find the QR code
          • Demonstrate how to scan the QR code using
               the smart device’s camera and app.
          • If you do not have the capability to use QR
               codes, a list of websites associated with
                                                                                                 Student Handout Activity
               Placards A, B, and C are included at the end                                             Directions
               of this lesson guide. Use the hyperlinks with
               your students and skip this step.

   4. Pass out a placard to each pair. Give each pair one
      of the three placards. Have the students follow the
      procedures on their Student Handout to study the
      image, scan the code, read/study the information on
      the website, and record three details (two written, one
      sketch) in the appropriate location on their Student
      Handout Notes.

   5. Allow students to begin. Tell students that when they                                                 Placard
      complete the first placard, they should return it to
      you. Give the pairs a new placard to work on.
      Consider playing traditional Irish music in the
      background while students work.

   6. Move to a debrief after 25 minutes. Even if
      students have not completed a study of all three
      placards, move to a debrief after 25 minutes. Ask the
      students the following questions:
          • What happened to St. Patrick as a                                                      Student Handout Notes
          • Why did St. Patrick decide to become a
          • How did St. Patrick try to convert the Irish
             to Catholicism?

© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute                                                     

   To be completed outside class.

   1. Have students create a limerick about the life of St.
      Patrick. Challenge students to write their own
      limerick using the information they discovered in the
      activity. They should include factual details about St.
      Patrick and be prepared to share their limerick in


                                                                                                Challenged Writer
                                                                                              Create a limerick framework
                                                                                              on which students fill in key
                                                                                              words from their study.

© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute                                                     

   Websites for Placards A, B, and C

   Placard A: Druid’s Watch

   Placard B: Shamrock

   Placard C: Stained Glass Depiction of St. Patrick

   Professional Enrichment

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© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute                                                     

                   Read the following poem written by Edward Lear:

        There was an Old Man of Kilkenny,
        Who never had more than a penny;
              He spent all that money
               in onions and honey,
        That wayward Old Man of Kilkenny.

    •   What is this type of poetry called?
    •   How are these types of poems structured (lines/syllables)?
    •   What holiday are these poems associated with?
    •   What other things are associated with this holiday?
    •   What do you know about the person behind the name of the holiday?

Be prepared to share your responses with the class.
                                        Student Handout Activity Directions

1. You will receive a placard from
   your teacher.

2. Use your device to scan the QR
   Code to find the website
   associated with this image.

3. Study the website.

4. Find the appropriate place on
   your notes to write and draw the
   details you learned.

5. Write at least two details and
   draw at least one simple image to
   show what you learned. Add
   color when you’re done.

6. Return the placard to your teacher
   and get another.
                                                                                          Student Handout Activity Notes

  After writing notes, color this Green.   After writing notes, leave this white.   After writing notes, color this Orange.

For each section of the Irish flag, find the appropriate website and image. Write two details
and draw at least one visual of things you learn. Be sure to write dark enough that when you
color over it, your writing will still be readable.

Instructions: Using your notes from studying the life of St. Patrick, write
a limerick to show what you have learned. Remember that limericks have
five lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme and usually have 7, 8, or 9 syllables.
Lines 3 and 4 rhyme and usually have 5 or 6 syllables.
                                                                    Placard A

By DavidRphoto David Robertson
This photo was taken on September 13, 2010 using a Canon EOS 7D. 
                                                                                                                             Placard B

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                                                                                                                         Placard C

Description Saint Patrick (window).jpg English: Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light,
Oakland, CA.
Date Taken on February 3, 2009
Source Flickr, Author Sicarr

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