Lesson Plan Title : St. Patrick's Day in Ireland and America

Age Range: Grade 6 through grade 8 (Middle School)

Overview and Purpose: St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in both Ireland and America. In this lesson, students use the Internet to research similarities and differences in the customs of both countries.

Objective: The student will be able to compare the way the St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in Ireland and in America.


Internet access for each pair of students

Teacher created worksheet


Discuss with your students some of the ways that St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in America. Ask if anyone is familiar with the way it is celebrated in Ireland. Explain that some of the celebrations are similar but many are different. Divide the class into pairs and have them use the Internet to help them complete the worksheet them.

Sample worksheet:

Date the first parade was held.
March 17, 1762
City that has the largest celebration.


Wrap Up:

For homework, have the students write one or two paragraphs about their favorite St. Patrick's Day tradition.