St. Patrick's Day Inference Activities and Scavenger Hunt

 Happy March!  I was recently looking at adding to my St. Patrick's Day book collection and came across a new title that I had not yet seen.  In the December first grade interactive read aloud lessons, one of the stories is The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.  Well, they also have The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose in the School!  It's an adorable story about a leprechaun making a huge mess all around the school and the students having to follow his clues to find him.  I always leave leprechaun messes for my students each year on St. Patrick's Day, so I felt like this story went along perfectly with those activities.  Since the students were having to follow clues while using their own background knowledge to follow the clues to the next location, I thought this would be perfect for practicing making inferences with these St. Patrick's Day Inference Activities.

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I will show the different activities I made to pair with the read aloud.  This year, St. Patrick's Day is on a Thursday so the activities line up well with the day of the week.  But if you use these the following years, you could just move around the activities so the scavenger hunt falls on the actual holiday.

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I included a set of text-dependent questions to ask each day that you read the book.  I would read the whole story the first day, portions of it on days two through three, and read the whole story one final time on day five.

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On day one, your book will actually get delivered to you in a special package!  Prep by printing the package labels.  You could paste them to a large mailing envelope or attach them to a box.  Place the book inside and have someone from the office deliver it to your classroom.

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When the package comes, act totally surprised!  Flip over the package and read the instructions and clues.  This is when you teach them about how to make an inference.  I teach my students that we don't always get all the facts and sometimes we have to infer what happened or what something is.  We do that by using clues and what we already know, or our schema, to then make an inference.  (I also included posters for you to reference.)

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Read the four clues to the students, allowing them to write them on the recording sheet that you give them.  They will then record their schema and make an inference.  

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On days two and three, you will practice identifying character traits of the leprechaun.  You can first model character traits using the Gingerbread Man.  

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On day three, students will describe the problem and solution of the story.  

On day four or St. Patrick's Day, students will be going on a leprechaun adventure around the school!  The leprechaun will create a mess in your classroom, leaving students to infer what happened and where they might find him.

Before you leave for the school day on day three, you will want to create a leprechaun mess in your classroom.  I include printable shamrocks and gold coins for you to scatter around in the mess.  In the past, I have also made leprechaun footprints with green paint around the room.  Leave out the two notes below for the students to see when they come in the following day.

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You will hang the other three clues throughout the school based on the clues on the poster.  I include editable ones, too, incase you need to use different locations at your school.  You can also hang the printable shamrocks throughout the school to help lead the students on the hunt for the missing leprechaun.  

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Before going on your hunt, have students create WANTED posters to hang in the hallway.  There are a few versions included in the pack, so you can choose which one you want to use.  You may want to do the craft on a different day since the inferencing activity will take a little longer.

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Students will use this inferences recording sheet to infer where they think the leprechaun is now and what clues they used to make the inference.  Save the last part for after the hunt.

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The clues will lead students around the school to other clues, just like in the story.  The final clue will lead students back to your classroom.  You will need someone to place the final note from the leprechaun and a special treat in your classroom.  I grabbed this pot and gold-wrapped candy from Party City for the treat at the end.  You could grab cookies or something different for your treat.  I also scattered some of the printable gold coins around the treat.

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Students can now complete the final part of the recording sheet, inferring where they think the leprechaun is now.  

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Finally, on day five, students will retell the story.  I also like to have them orally retell the story to a partner after the writing portion.

This pack makes me so excited for St. Patrick's Day!  This is a great way to celebrate the holiday while also covering your standards in a hands-on way!  You can click any of the photos in the post or click HERE to grab these Leprechaun Inference Activities!  Thank you for reading, and happy St. Patrick's Day!


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