Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Eve Bunting's book, 'Green Shamrocks,' is a delightful tale about a rabbit wanting to grow shamrocks to wear in the St. Patrick's Day parade. Use the activities below to make this story truly come to life!

Green Shamrocks

''Green Shamrocks'' is a fun St. Patrick's Day themed book that will delight students of all ages. After reading the book (or having it read to them) students will have even more fun participating in activities that focus on different elements of the book. The activities below have been created for use with lower to middle elementary students and are meant for the purpose of encouraging learning beyond the pages of this clever story.

Beginning, Middle, End

Materials: pre-cut shamrocks (4 per student - cut from green construction paper and large enough for students to write on), pencils, colored pencils or markers, stapler

  • Begin with a brief review of the story. Talk about what happened in the beginning of the story, the middle of the story, and at the end of the story.
  • Give each student four pre-cut shamrocks, a pencil, and some colored pencils or markers.
    • On one shamrock, have them write and complete the sentence, ''In the beginning of the story _ _ _.'' Then have them draw a picture to illustrate their sentence.
    • On a second shamrock, do the same with, ''In the middle of the story _ _ _.'' Again, have them illustrate with a picture.
    • On a third shamrock, have them write, ''At the end of the story _ _ _.'' Again, have them illustrate.
    • On the final shamrock, have students use colored pencils or markers to decorate what will be a cover to their own shamrock book. Also have them make note of the title and author of the story.
  • Have students gather all of their shamrocks and put them in order with the cover in front.
  • Staple the shamrocks together creating a book for each student.

Story Elements

Materials: white construction paper, pencils, markers

  • Put students into groups of 2-3.
  • Give each group one piece of white construction paper.
  • Model for students how to fold the construction paper into fourths. Have them fold, then unfold and use a pencil to drawn in the lines that separate each of the four sections.
  • Label each section (leaving room for additional writing in each section). Use the labels:
    • Setting
    • Characters
    • Problem
    • Solution
  • As a class, discuss what each of the labels means.
  • Have students work together with their groups to fill in each section of the paper with the appropriate information from the book, ''Green Shamrocks.'' Encourage them to leave room for pictures in each section, as well.
  • Once complete, allow each group to share their work with the class.

Planting Shamrocks

Materials: yellow plastic cups, potting soil, shamrock seeds, sharpie pen

  • Give each student a yellow plastic cup (to resemble the gold pot in the story) and write their name on it in sharpie.
  • Help each student fill their cup 3/4 of the way up with potting soil.
  • Give students shamrock seeds and have them plant them in the potting soil.
  • Help students water their seeds.
  • Talk about how the rabbit planted seeds in the story and discuss what will need to be done to make sure the seeds grow.
  • Place somewhere in the room where students will be able to watch their plants grow.
  • Be sure to water regularly.
  • Once plants begin growing, send home to be replanted. Encourage students to share all about the story with their parents when they take their plants home.

What Would You Wear?

Materials: drawing paper, colored pencils or markers, pencils

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