St Patrick's Day

40 min.

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Wonder of the Day #165

Who Was Saint Patrick?


Understand the origins of St. Patrick's Day traditions.

Program is targeted for grades 1-3 - but can be expanded to older grades -see:

Big Idea

Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Ask your relatives about your own family history. Do you have Irish ancestry?

Review St. Patrick's Day by Brenda Haugen and illustrated by Sheree Boyd

and St. Patrick's Day: Day of Irish Pride by June Prezler

St. Patrick's Day : day of Irish pride

Why wear Green?
Green is the national color of Ireland - but "wearing green" is an American tradition - in Ireland wearing too much green is considered "bad luck."

Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th?
St. Patrick was born in Britain in 385 A.D. He was sold into slavery in Ireland when he was 16 - he died on March 17, 461 A. D.

Do the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
St. Patrick's Day began in Ireland as a holy church day - but now is celebrated as a week long festival. In America, as the number of immigrants from Ireland settled in large U.S. cities like New York City, the tradition has become a secular holiday featuring parades and celebrating Irish culture.

What is the first American City to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
Boston, Massachusetts became the first American city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 1737.

Read clues and have kids guess the correct word - St. Patrick's Day vocabulary.