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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Incorporate a weather activity into your March lessons to test the famous March saying. Brainstorm with students what aspects of weather determine its ferocity or calmness.

After listing things like temperature extremes and precipitation types and wind speeds, draw a calendar grid on the chalkboard or large sheet of paper, then each day, make notes regarding the weather variables. Review from week to week, then do a final observation at the end of the month.

Students can make graphs, vote each day a "lion" day or "lamb" day (using stickers or coloring with markers), write a short story about March including weather elements, have a meteorologist visit the classroom, or correspond with other classrooms via the internet to compare weather information with them. Save your calendar for next year, and you can make comparisons from year to year.

Weather Resources:

  • You might visit The Weather Dude to stock up on his books and CDs, but his website is also fantastic all by itself. Learn all about different weather conditions and seasons.
  • NOAA - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has sections devoted to kids and teachers. Their Cool Sites for Everyone includes links to past weather. In case you didn't track your area's weather activity last March, they did.
  • Tracking March weather may open the door to some research on global climate change, too.

Also in March...
St. Patrick's Day, March 17, is a time of parades and celebration here in the U.S. In addition to touring the sites below, consider exploring with your class how you might celebrate everyone's heritage in your class.

  • A Wee Bit of Fun: A history of St. Patrick's Day along with explanations of leprechauns, a Blarney Stone, and why people wear green.
  • Have your students dedicate study the origin of the flag of Ireland. They will uncover lessons in history and many different Irish flags.
  • All About Shamrocks: Encourage your class to compare notes on a variety of greens. Three leaves or four? What exactly is clover?
    Make the research even "greener" by discussing what types of green ground cover are native to your area. Can you go outside and find some clover?
  • Who Did Patrick's Homework? by Carol Moore is a charming short story about a boy named Patrick who despised homework, but got some help from an elf.
  • Who were the Celts? A history of the Celtic people and how they became the occupants of Ireland and Scotland.

    More St. Patrick's Day and Irish Resources

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