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Cultural Differences found in St. Patrick's Day

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Keywords: holidays, culture, writing, Google Classroom, Google Docs, St. Patrick's Day, cross-curricular
Subject(s): Social Studies, Social Skills, Spelling, Technology, Early Learning, Grammar, Dyslexia, Special Needs, Writing, History, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grade 2
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Godley Intermediate School, Godley, TX
Planned By: Kayce Smith
Original Author: Kayce Smith, Godley
Frame the Lesson:

Focus (TEKS): Social Studies 2.16A ELAR 2,6E, 2.11ABCDE, 2.12A

Hook: Review facts and opinions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIyt5pEcE_g#action=share

will: learn what St. Patrick’s Day is and how it is celebrated in different families.

You will: write a fiction story using facts you learned about St.Patrick’s Day.

Small Group/Purposeful Talk

Group Structure: class discussion to brainstorm St. Patrick’s Day information, class online book, class nonfiction video, group Google Doc, individual stories on Google Docs, individual FlipGrid response


Begin with a fact and opinion review video posted on Google Classroom:
Fact or Opinion
March 17 as a holiday and challenge students to learn facts about the holiday from the video:
St. Patrick’s Day:facts
a Google Doc with your Class Dojo group to list facts you learned from the video and share it to Google Classroom
Read posted responses as a class
Review Story Elements from the video posted on Google Classroom:
Story Elements Review
the fiction story as a class:
How To Catch A Leprechaun
the story elements with your group as Small Group Purposeful Talk
Share with the class orally
Create individual fiction stories in Google Docs that include all of the story elements and at least 3 of the facts you learned about St. Patrick’s Day.
*Use the class facts page as help when needed
Post your story to ELAR Google Classroom story feed
Last, create a FlipGrid to share whether your family celebrates St. Patrick’s Day or not.

Pre-planned seed questions: When is St. Patrick’s Day? How is it celebrated? Is it celebrated everywhere? Do all families celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Does your family celebrate it? Why or why not? Where is celebrated most? Where did the holiday start? What are some facts about St. Patrick’s Day? What are some opinions about the holiday?

Critical Writing: Include at least 3 facts about St. Patrick’s Day in your fiction story correctly.

Reflection: Create a FlipGrid video to share how your family does or does not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson teaches cultural similarities and differences found in holidays with an emphasis on sentence structure, cooperative groups, and technology usage. It could be adapted to cover many other subject areas, too. For example, I could integrate math my calculating distance or food costs during celebrations. I could also have them make the green river for a lesson over mixing matter for science.
We will share the stories in class and further edit them, as necessary. Once they reach the publish process, we will share them with parents on their digital portfolios on Class Dojo. Further remediation for sentence structure and/or cultural differences issus will be addressed in a small group setting and further practice.
Materials: English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Social Studies, Early Learning, ESL, Keyboarding, Internet Services, Student Resources, Dyslexia
Other Items: 22 Samsung Chromebooks, $250.00 each, total of $5500.00
1 charge cart, $500.00 each, total of $500.00