While practicing basic subject everyday is important; so is the teaching of character education. This St. Patrick’s Day lesson plan includes writing, drawing, and speech activities along with character education and is perfect for art teachers, classroom teachers, Sunday School teachers and home school educators.
White Construction or drawing paper (one sheet per student), black construction paper (small square needed per student to create the pot-o-gold), square of yellow/gold construction paper (to create gold coins to be glued on top of pot), picture of student (either school sample or self-portrait), pencil, crayons, scissors, glue
1. Begin by writing some positive characteristics on the board without telling students why you are writing them down. Some words to consider are: responsible, caring, helpful, dedicated, dependable, volunteer, sharing, listening, concerned.
2. Cut-out and glue (using the black paper) a pot to represent a pot-o-gold. Glue this to the drawing paper on the bottom right-hand corner. Now, either using a sample picture (left over from picture day) or a self-portrait, have student glue this in the middle of their pot.
3. Using the gold/yellow construction paper, create gold coins. Make sure they are not very small, and are at least the size of a quarter, if not larger. You may want to have a quarter or half dollar around to use as a tracing guide (use play money in a pinch for tracing). Glue the coins on top of the pot, to represent a full pot. They can overflow on the sides if necessary.
4. Have students draw a rainbow coming out of the pot. Make it large so it extends to the top left-hand corner of the paper. Encourage each color to be wide and not skinny. The rainbow and the pot of gold should be touching.
5. On each color of the rainbow, have student write down one thing they are proud of. Some examples could be : taking out the trash without being asked, feeding pet everyday on time, helping care for younger brothers and sisters, always doing homework, etc.
6. Have the students share in class individually the things they wrote on each rainbow. Using the words you wrote on the board as a guideline, ask for input from the class which characteristics the student is displaying based on what they wrote on his/her rainbow. Have the student write these words on each coin to represent that each task on the rainbow represents the building of a characteristic.