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St. Patrick’s Day 2023 Teaching Resources

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2023 in your elementary school classroom with leprechaun traps, activities and games, shamrock worksheets, printable rainbow crafts, green classroom decor and so much more designed to save you time on your lesson planning this winter. This teaching resource collection was created by the teachers at Teach Starter to provide you with a mix of holiday-specific resources as well as curriculum-aligned resources that bring a little bit of the St. Patrick's Day theme to your traditional teaching (rainbow math, anyone?). The March holiday is a good time to bring a little bit of Irish luck into the classroom (especially with state testing days creeping ever closer), teach students about the culture of Ireland, or just brighten up the doldrums of winter with some colorful rainbows, green clover, and of course a touch of leprechaun gold.
Thinking about celebrating for the first time in your classroom this year or just need a few fresh ideas? Read on for a primer from our teacher team!

When Is St. Patrick's Day 2023?

You may already know that St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on the same day of the month year in and year out, but the question your students all have is "Is St. Patrick's Day on a school day this year?" The answer depends on your holidays, but it's likely a yes for many American schoolkids! St. Patrick's Day will be on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Fun St. Patrick's Day Facts for Kids

St. Patrick's Day is a great holiday to celebrate in the classroom as it's one that includes everyone — it's often said that everyone in America is Irish for the day! In addition to choosing a few of the activities from our collection, why not share a few fun St. Patrick's Day facts during morning meeting, or use these to engage students during the day? Here are a few favorites of our teacher team!
  1. Saint Patrick — for whom the day is named — was not actually Irish. He was born in Britain and was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave.
  2. The color associated with St. Patrick's Day is green. It is believed that green was worn to represent the shamrock.
  3. The Shamrock is a symbol of St. Patrick's Day. It is a three-leaved plant that is said to have been used by Saint Patrick.
  4. Leprechauns are mythical creatures in Irish folklore who are said to be mischievous little men who hoard pots of gold.
  5. According to Irish folklore, if you catch a leprechaun, he must grant you three wishes in exchange for his release.
  6. The first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland, but in Boston, Massachusetts, right here in the United States in 1737.
  7. Irish immigrants brought St. Patrick's Day to America in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
  8. Many famous landmarks around the world, such as the Empire State Building, the Great Wall of China, and the Colosseum, are lit up in green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
  9. According to Irish legend, St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea, but in reality, Ireland has never had any snakes.
  10. If you want to shorten the name of the holiday, it's really St. Paddy's Day. This is because the name Patrick is actually Padraig in the Irish language.
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