Are you looking for a way to reinforce math concepts in an engaging way that helps your students make connections? “The St. Patrick’s Project” is a real-life math project where students will complete seven different tasks involving area, perimeter, money, estimation, graphing, fractions, and more. Each task is high-interest and incorporates essential math skills.
Ideas for Use
Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!
There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:
•a small-group or pairs activity
•a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling
•a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers
•a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher
You might choose to print specific tasks to use during Math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all of the tasks and let your students choose which one to do when.
Take a look at what you’ll find inside this math project:
TASK #1: THE IRISH FLAG
St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish celebration. Shade each space to find out what Ireland’s flag looks like!
Skills: basic operations, parentheses
TASK#2: IRISH CASTLES
Castles are a fascinating part of Ireland and some have been standing for hundreds of years! This makes you think about what life in a castle would be like. In this task, you’ll design your very own castle!
Skills: area and perimeter
TASK #3: BLARNEY CASTLE
All of this talk about castles has you researching real castles in Ireland. Let’s learn more about Blarney Castle!
Skills: basic operations, estimation
TASK #4: DRESS LIKE A LEPRECHAUN
You LOVE St. Patrick’s Day – so much that you decide to dress like a leprechaun this year on March 17!
Skills: money, addition, subtraction
TASK#5: ST. PATRICK’S CARNIVAL
Great news! Your class gets to plan the annual St. Patrick’s Carnival at school! You’ll be helping with two of the games at the Carnival.
Skills: graphing and data interpretation, fractions and decimals (100ths), equivalent fractions
TASK #6: NEIGHBORHOOD POTS OF GOLD
Every St. Patrick’s Day your family delivers “Pots of Gold” (baskets of chocolate) around the neighborhood. It’s your favorite part of the day!
Skills: arrays, multiplication, division, addition, money, coordinate graphing
TASK #7: ST. PATRICK’S PARADE
St. Patrick’s Day has been so much fun! The last part of the day is the annual St. Patrick’s Parade.
Skills: problem-solving, fractions, multiplication, elapsed time
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This is a great project to integrate many math skills into real-life scenarios! I really like that while there are multiple parts to the project, I can choose for my students to only do some of them." Special Sixth
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Fifth grade homeschooler enjoys anything "Shelley Gray"!!This resource focuses on basic operations, Money, adding and subtracting, graphing, fractions, decimals all with a St. Patrick's Day/Ireland theme!!" Kathleen B.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Love how it is a fun easy way for students to review Math concepts taught to go along with the holiday!" Lauren H.