My first grade team has a really fun tradition they’ve been carrying on well before I joined the ranks – Leprechaun Traps!
Before we go any further: This post is going to share some info that’s Not Safe For Kiddy Ears (NSFKE). So if your sweet peas are peeking send them away! Maybe I'll share a super cute picture of my dog while you send them away....
OK. Now that the kiddos are gone… I’ll let you in on a secret. Leprechauns are not real. Upsetting and earth shattering, I know. But each year we convince even our non-believers that they DO exist and they LOVE first graders.
About two weeks before St. Patrick’s Day we send a home a note explaining the Leprechaun Traps and challenging students to be creative and out-smart those tricky Leprechauns.
On St. Patrick’s Day students bring in their projects. Last year I had a cutie pie bring in one that looked like this:
Apparently, it was from a website. BUT, SUPER CUTE nonetheless.
Each student shares his/her trap and explains how it works to the class. We also snap a picture of the kiddo and the trap. We set the traps each time we leave the room – because everyone knows a leprechaun would NEVER come in while were actually there!
While we’re out together (library or recess) one of my sweet teammates comes through and completely trashes our room and puts a chocolate coin in each trap. We’ve had the leprechaun leave little green footprints around the room, he’s flipped chairs, he’s hid some book bins, and he has even thrown GLITTER on the floor. But, they knew it wasn’t me because I was with them the whole time!
After we get our room all cleaned up we write about the events and our reactions to our visitor.
Our hallway display for March is the student's writing and picture.
Here is a link to all these documents if you're interested!
This download includes:
* Parent Letter
* At Home Writing Component (Lucy Calkins "How To")
* Classroom Response / Hand drawn
* Student Response: Tricked (Space for student photograph)
P.S. Sorry there are no real photographs of these! I didn't know I was going to be a blogger so I really didn't document the events well! Additionally, we are on break ALL WEEK (I'd hate me too) and Mr. Frank is sealing the floors (this means NO ONE IN!) so the pictures I do have are stuck at school.