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This St. Patrick’s Day “Hunt for the Green” reinforces visual discrimination and concrete/abstract language reception




PreK, K, 1  

Title – St. Patrick’s Day Hunt

By – Eileen Lonergan

Primary Subject – Other

Secondary Subjects – Other

Grade Level – Pre-School

This lesson plan reinforces the skills of visual discrimination and concrete and abstract language reception.


    1. Many green items (papers, plastic frog, green cup, green hair ribbon, green scarf, etc.)

    2. An easily seen egg timer for each team

    3. Bulletin Board with space for the names of the groups, a silly sketch for each group and the listing of the items that they found

    4. Short story about a leprechaun. Get a silly book from Library.

    5. Irish music played softly in the background to set the mood (Irish Rovers, harp music, etc.)

    6. Green shakes or Jell-O when the activity is over. Keep them in secret until the game is over. Use them as a reinforcement for their cooperation and assistance with their teammates.


Now in preparation for this activity hide many items that are green around the room: papers, manipulatives, clothing, trinkets, etc. Leave some out in plain sight and others hide. Don’t make it too hard by having the item be too small or too well hidden. Remember the points of view that students will have, as they may not see up over some items. Keep their line of sight in mind when placing items around the room.

    1. Tell a short story about a leprechaun and about things that are green. Hold up a piece of paper that is green after telling people about other green things: grass, trees, pine trees, spearmint gum, frogs, etc.

    2. Now have the students count off from one to three, so that they are 3 teams in the room. Try to make the teams small to encourage active participation. Have them come up with a name for their team. Try to keep the names in keeping with St. Patrick’s Day, such as “the Leprechauns”, “The Pots of Gold”, and “the Lads & Lassies”. If you ready-make the silly pictures for the groups, you can guide the groups into picking a name by holding up the drawings. You get the drift. Encourage silly Irish names for the groups.

    3. Now have the groups sit in an area together. Talk about how groups help out each other. Try to have at least one verbal person in each group. Each group will have an adult who will help assist them around the room. Each person in the group should have a turn at going about the room with an adult assisting them.

    4. Each person at the head of their group starts off the hunt by turning over the egg timer and running to find items. They only get 3 minutes, then when the sand runs out. They have to come back to the group. Next person… you get it.

    5. As the Master of the Hunt, provide funny clues for each person in the group if they are unable to find the items… “Oh I see something near the window” or “hmmm, the thing we’re looking for is in a wet place where you find water”. Make the clues appropriate to the student’s skill level. Use descriptive language about the location to encourage their comprehension for language like: over, under, beneath, above, left, right, etc.

    6. When they’re looking for the item, play up the drama of the situation: make faces, scratch your head in wonder, act surprised.

    7. At the end when everything has been found, help count up the booty and tally up for each team. Write the outcome on the bulletin, proclaiming the numbers. Don’t use terms like win or lose. Compliment teams on their helping out teammates.


Eileen Lonergan


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