How do you feel about the month of March in your classroom? I love March, because it means the end of winter and the start of spring! Plus, we have spring break in March, so the month is broken up with a fun week of vacation. But March can also seem extremely long when you’re still in the depths of winter, especially if your students are stuck inside during recess. Break up the month with some hands-on St. Patrick’s Day activities that will get your kids learning without even realizing they’re learning!
St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17th every year. I love to spend the month incorporating leprechauns, shamrocks, and gold coins into our learning. Some of my favorite read-alouds for the month come from this St. Patrick’s Day book list. And I love to build in hands-on St. Patrick’s Day activities like this shamrock thumbprint craft and this First to 20 math game.
When it comes to literacy centers for the month of March, I use various St. Patrick’s Day word building resources for students to learn from – like these CVC puzzles and blends match-ups. But my favorite way to help my students practice encoding and blending words is with these St. Patrick’s Day word building centers. With one bundle, I can help my students practice CVC, CVCC, CCVC, and CVCE words, all with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. This bundle is great for differentiating and is a must-have for March lesson plans!
St. Patrick’s Day Word Building Activity Bundle
This bundle comes jam-packed with four engaging St. Patrick’s Day literacy centers for early learning. Whether your students are working on CVC words, words with digraphs and blends, or words with long vowels, this bundle has you covered for the entire month of March.
Teachers love to use these St. Patrick’s Day centers in their literacy stations, as morning work, or as work for early finishers. It’s great to have all four sets of activities on hand so that you can differentiate to meet all of your students’ needs. These St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary building activities are the perfect addition to your literacy center rotation!
Inside You’ll Find:
- St. Patrick’s Day CVC Word Building Activities: 30 CVC Words, in color and black & white
- St. Patrick’s Day CCVC Word Building Activities: 31 CCVC Words, in color and black & white
- St. Patrick’s Day CVCC Word Building Activities: 30 CVCC Words, in color and black & white
- St. Patrick’s Day CVCE Word Building Activities: 33 CVCE Words, in color and black & white
St. Patrick’s Day CVC Word Building Activities
With 60 pages of printables, these St. Patrick’s Day word family activities will be great to use with your kindergarten students. With familiar CVC words for each short vowel and adorable clipart, students can spell each word with gold coins and place them atop or next to the pot of gold.
St. Patrick’s Day CCVC Word Building Activities
The CCVC word building activities are great for your students who are working on beginning digraphs and beginning blends. Students can use the gold coins to build words like “flag,” “ship,” and “club” next to or on top of the pot of gold. With 62 pages of printables, you can choose from the black and white or colored option for your center.
St. Patrick’s Day CVCC Word Building Activities
With 30 CVCC word activities in both color and black & white, you can help your students practice encoding words with ending blends. The clipart features words like “belt,” “dump,” and “king” and the words can all be built using the corresponding letter gold coins.
St. Patrick’s Day CVCE Word Building Activities
Are your students working on king Ed? Silent E? Magic E? Long vowels? No matter what you call it, working on CVCE words is an exciting step in your instruction. The kids are able to expand the list of words that they know how to read and write with common words like “bike,” “home,” and “ride.” These St. Patrick’s Day CVCE word building activities include 33 words, in both color and black & white, to have your students work on.
What you’ll need to prep the St. Patrick’s Day Word Building Activities:
- Copy paper, Colored copy paper, or Cardstock, depending on how you choose to prep
- Laminating Sheets
Getting the St. Patrick’s Day Word Building Activities Ready
After you purchase the word building bundle, there are a few options when it comes to printing and prepping these St. Patrick’s Day centers. My favorite way is to print out the color version of the activities, then laminate and cut them. I separate each type of word (CVC, CVCC, CCVC, CVCE) into baggies until I want to use them.
Another option is to print the black & white versions on colored copy paper. I highly recommend laminating the centers no matter which version you decide to use, as it will boost the longevity of the activity. We all know that when non-laminated paper gets in the hands of 20+ kindergarteners, those centers aren’t lasting very long!
And of course, if necessary, you can print the black and white versions of the centers on regular copy paper, laminate them, and then cut them. If you are working with a child at home, they will enjoy coloring the activities themselves.
The best part about these St. Patrick’s Day word building centers is that after the initial prep of printing, laminating, and cutting, these centers are easy to pull out and use with your students all March long! Take a look at how I keep my language arts materials organized.
Using the St. Patrick’s Day Word Building Activities
What better way to switch up your literacy centers this March than with these fun St. Patrick’s Day word building activities for kindergarten? After you’ve done the initial prep, these vocabulary building activities can be placed in a center using baskets or bins, or in a pocket chart. I like to have a pile for the pot of gold word cards in one place and the gold coin letters in another.
Students can start with a pot of gold card, name the picture, and then search through the gold coins to find the correct letters. One idea to extend their learning is to provide writing paper with this activity. Students can list the words that they spell, or you can even challenge them to write sentences with the words. My students love to show what they know and have me come check out their gold coin words, and I love how I can differentiate for whatever my students need at that time of year with the 4 different word options.
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