I love being able to use holidays to add a new dimension to our learning. These St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary cards do just that. Plus, I love that there are so many ways that you can use them!
St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Cards
What is it about St. Patrick’s Day that makes it so much fun? As a kid about all you do for the holiday is dress in green, and yet I always looked forward to it every year. You can really add to the joy of holidays like St. Patrick’s Day with fun crafts and learning activities.
That’s why I love these St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary cards so much. The cute shamrock cards really add some extra language arts fun to the holiday. There are 20 shamrock cards on the vocabulary printable. Sixteen of the cards contain different St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary words. The remaining four shamrocks on the printable are blank. That way you can add your own St. Patrick’s Day words that you would like to teach to them!
St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Card Activities
As I mentioned before, one of the things that I love about these vocabulary cards is that you can use them for multiple language arts activities. This allows you to make adjustments for ages, different learning abilities, and even different interests. Below I have shared some of my favorite ways to utilize the shamrock vocabulary cards, but this is hardly an exhaustive list. You can use these cards to teach many different things, and you can utilize them as a support for any St. Patrick’s Day lessons that you are teaching.
One activity you can do with the cards is matching. For this activity you will need to make sure to print two copies of the vocabulary cards. Then have kids match the words up. Some of the words start with the same letter as some of the other words, so it’s not as easy of an activity as you might think. If kids are able to read the cards have them say the words as they match them up. This is a really great way to reinforce the new words that they are learning.
This is a great way to take the matching activity a little farther. This will help students to not only pay attention to the word on the card, but they will also need to pay close attention to the letters and their location in the word. I actually do this activity with first graders a lot when I sub. I have found that some kids can get this task fairly easily while others will really struggle with it. If your child finds putting the words in ABC order a bit tough than you can help by giving them a list of the alphabet to use as a reference. Then they can look at the chart to help them correctly place the cards in ABC order. It can also help to have them look at each letter as they go through the alphabet. “Are there any A words? No? OK, are there any B words?” Go through each letter that way, and if there are words with more than one letter do the same thing for the second letter of the word.
Until Nick started kindergarten I didn’t realize how much sorting kids in the early grades do. I’m not sure a day goes by that Nick doesn’t bring a sorting page home. There are so many ways that you can sort these vocabulary cards. Some ideas is to sort them by the number of letters in the words, or to sort them by how many syllables each word has.
Word Wall Words
During my time subbing I’ve seen how much kids love to add words to their word wall. In fact, when Nick goes with me to other classrooms the word wall is one of the first things that he looks for! These St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks will be a fun addition to your word wall, and they’re a fun way to help kids expand on their reading vocabulary.
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More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Kids
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St. Patrick’s Day Resources
- Flashing Lights Shamrock Necklace St. Patrick’s Day
- Fun Express Shamrock Roll Stickers (100 Piece)
- St Patrick’s Day Pencils – Awards & Incentives & Pencils,2 dozen