Knowledge of Irish Holiday Strengthens Writing Skills

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First-graders at Reinhard not only dressed in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, they also applied their newly acquired knowledge about Ireland and the folklore behind the leprechaun to strengthen their English language arts skills.

David Reilly’s first-grade class read a Scholastic News article about Ireland’s countryside, castles, cliffs and cities, as well as Ivan Robertson’s “Jack and the Leprechaun” and Marcia Thornton’s “Leprechauns on the Loose.” After learning that these mischievous creatures have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the students were instructed to write about what they would like to find at the end of their personal rainbow.
    
Jennifer Magliano’s kindergarten class also read a variety of literature about leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day and discussed words that have a “green” connotation. In addition, they celebrated the holiday with healthy green snacks.