Do you want to do something different (and academic!) for your St. Patrick’s Day party or centers? Cracking Lucky’s Code is an engaging way to practice math, literacy, engineering, and science, and more! Your students will be highly motivated to complete the stations, earn pieces of Lucky’s Loot, and crack the code to unlock St. Patrick’s Day treats!
THE BIG IDEA
Lucky the Leprechaun has brought treats for your class.; however, he is being mischievous. In order for your students to get their treats, they will have to complete activities that earn them a piece of Lucky’s Loot. They will use the loot to crack the code, so they can get the combination to unlock the treats.
This is set up to do in person without COVID-19 precautions; however, we also provide activities and ideas to do this virtually which would also work in a classroom following COVID-19 safety measures. To do this virtually, you will need to send home all the supplies. We have included a label and suggestions on how to do this on each direction page. If your students do not have basic supplies at home (crayons, scissors, glue stick, etc.), you will need to send home those as well.
CENTERS AND ACTIVITIES
There are 9 different STEAM based centers and activities included. You can choose how many (or few) you would like to do!
✗ Shamrock Shake Vowel Roll- Phonemic awareness and encoding
✗ Colorful Science- Density and color mixing experiment
✗ Unplugged Coding– Writing simple code and problem solving
✗ Color By Code– Counting, subitizing, and reading numbers 6 through 10
✗ Leprechaun Pudding– Following directions, cooking a special treat and writing a recipe
✗ QR Code Listening Centers– QR codes with links to 8 different stories read aloud on YouTube
✗ Engineering– Planning, designing, and building a hideout for Lucky’s gold
✗ Addition Write the Room/Sensory Bin– Addition to 10 with picture support and writing number sentences
✗ Shamrock Tear Art– Fine motor development practice
→ Detailed directions for each center
→ Each center direction page has ideas listed as to how to do the center virtually
→ Activity printables (addition cards, QR code cards, etc.) and recording sheets for most activities
→ Material bag labels (baggie toppers) to use if you are sending centers and materials home for your virtual students (or creating individual centers for in-person students)
→ Most printables have color or black and white options
→ Room décor ideas (printable banner included)
→ Code cracker pages, Lucky’s Loot, and lock for the board
→ Letters to read (and send home) to the students to build excitement
→ File folder cover to carry the students’ recording sheets
→ Treat toppers (baggie labels) for student treats
→ Student code cracker sheets
→ Engineering Design Process poster
We hope you and your students have an exciting time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! If you have any questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]. Be sure to download the preview to see everything that is included in this resource.
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