St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, and I’m so excited about celebrating my Irish heritage! I’ve created these St. Patrick’s Day STEM activities because I love integrating STEM/STEAM with science and social studies.
I’m hoping the leprechaun will come to visit our room because he’s so funny, but I don’t want to trap him. I’m sure that would cause him to have nightmares. We’re going to celebrate with skittles and lucky charms, and if the kids are well behaved, they might earn some gold coins.
Read on to learn about THREE highly engaging St. Patrick’s Day STEM activities.
Leprechaun House Challenge
Did you know that March 17 is also known as “The Friendliest Day of the Year”? It’s time to stop trapping leprechauns and start being friendly! I love this challenge because it challenges students to be empathetic with the leprechaun.
Students work to design and create a leprechaun house to help the leprechaun feel comfortable. The house must include a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom.
Not only do students learn about character education, but they also dive deep into area and perimeter. They have to determine the area and perimeter of each room so that they can build the walls and a roof that fit the floor plan.
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow
I love this story because, once again, a character is friendly and trying to help the leprechaun get his rainbow back. This activity starts with reading the picture book, The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow.
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After reading the story, students are challenged to help the leprechaun find his rainbow. They must mix primary colors to find secondary colors. Then, they mix primary and secondary colors to make tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are two-thirds primary and one-third secondary.
Learning about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors introduces students to color theory. This is the theory that using colors neighboring on the color wheel create harmony and visually pleasing art.
Students then create Shamrock art using this theory. Look how beautiful this one turned out!
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