To Catch a Leprechaun

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Young engineers put their design skills to the test in this fun St. Patrick's Day activity. After a shared reading of the children's book The Leprechaun Trap children work in small groups creating traps of their very own to enter in a class science competition.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • When introducing the lesson, display pictures of different inventors and the devices they created
  • Allow each student to design their own leprechaun trap, and then in small groups have them decide on one to build
  • Coordinate with other grade level teachers and include all of your classes in the science competition
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires a copy of the book The Leprechaun Trap by David Clinch, which may be found in your school or local public library
  • A list of suggested building materials is included with the activity, but feel free to bring in other materials to facilitate students' creativity
  • Lesson offers suggestions for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners
  • A worksheet is provided that supports children through the engineering design process
  • Includes a document that explains to teachers the benefits of holding science competitions
  • None