Slice of Life: St. Patrick’s Day in Venezuela

Blogging with my students

Today has been crazy busy!

I blame the month of March since it is report card/end of quarter/end of unit time.  But, on top of that, I found out today that one of my students will be missing a week and a half of school for the first week of April and wanted to get his work early so he can start working on it as soon as possible.  To up the ante, she copied my principal on the email and the principal said to copy her on all of my replies.

Therefore, I spent today frantically planning for basically all of next month.  It was a lot of planning because I like to do my own thing for reading, writing, and social studies. Thankfully I already had many things in place for previous years but it still meant gathering materials for a poetry month unit, an author study writing unit, and a country report project.  This is on top of our normal math and science units!

Added to the mix was all of the excitement that my third graders are feeling because it is St. Patrick’s Day! Normally students are required to wear uniforms, so they were very excited to be wearing green shirts and of course the girls also brought other fun accessories.  I really meant to take a picture of one of my students whose mother created a leprechaun’s hat barrette deal, but it slipped my mind.

They loved reading “The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh” which gave an honest look at what the lives of Irish immigrants were like when they moved to the US during the time of the potato famine.  Many of them made connections to when their family members have immigrated to other countries to get away from the hardships that they face here in Venezuela.  

I need to wrap up this slice now because my friends and I are going to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the normal American fashion far away from students and all of the planning drama!

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