Surprising St. Patrick’s Day Facts

This Wednesday is St. Patrick’s Day, a day celebrating Ireland’s patron saint. We know some facts about St. Patrick, but many of us have absorbed a lot of misinformation as well. For example, did he chase snakes out of the country? It isn’t likely. Ireland’s climate is not snake friendly. Did he wear green, as is often depicted? Nope. The color associated with him is known as “St. Patrick’s blue.” Oh, and he was born in Britain, not Ireland. 

Share some interesting St. Patrick facts with your students. Then have them visit this center featuring a common St. Patrick’s Day symbol—the shamrock! You can adjust the math skill for this activity depending on your grade level. If you teach early childhood, have students just identify the numbers and if you teach higher grades, change the skill to multiplication. 


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