The day was full of magic, and a lot of learning too. Here are a few highlights from our day:
How big is a leprechaun’s foot? Each student cut a piece of green ribbon to represent his/her estimation of the size of a leprechaun’s foot. They used these ribbons in a variety of ways to explore the concept of measurement.
The students measured their ribbon using nonstandard units of measurement from around the room. They were allowed to use anything, and had to measure with at least three different units. The students were very creative and did a wonderful job measuring with: Unifix cubes, paper clips, color tiles, units, erasers, and even body parts.
After they measured their own ribbon, they were encouraged to compare the length of their ribbon with other students. This led to a great conversation about how we can measure objects more efficiently and accurately – standard units of measurement (inches, centimeters, feet, etc.)
The leprechauns must have been watching us the week before St. Patrick’s Day. They knew that we were studying time, so they decided to leave us riddles about clocks and time. They took our small teaching clocks and left watches in their place. Each watch had a different time on it, and the students had to use the watches to put themselves in chronological order. After the students were in order, the leprechauns gave them another activity. They left a riddle asking the students to write a story about what they think leprechauns do each day. The students took turns reading the time on their watch and offering their ideas for the “Day in the Life of a Leprechaun” story. Each student wrote and illustrated a page for the book, complete with an analog and digital clock displaying the time of day. It was a lot of fun to imagine the life of a leprechaun - and educational, too!