Lucky Charms
A One-Day Internet Project

About the Project
Jennifer Wagner, host of such projects as Frootloops to the Max and Alpha-Bits has created this one day PreK-3 sorting project with one of a child's favorite cereals ~ Lucky Charms.

Our Work
We had been involved with the Alpha-Bits project, which was similar to this project. This time I wanted to see how INDEPENDENTLY the children could approach this. I showed them a blank Lucky Charms bar graph and the box of Lucky Charms and asked what they thought we would be doing.

Several children volunteered that they would be counting the marshmallows and should separate (group or sort) them by shapes! Then they would create a bar graph of their findings. This was exactly what we would be doing! I passed out cups of Lucky Charms and they began their work.

Sorting the marshmallows

Individual bar graphs are then created with the data.

The next step would be to find how many we had at each table. We would make number strings for each group of shapes and calculate their sums.

Our final step would be to create a table putting together ALL our data. We did this collaboratively. I entered data from each group on an overhead, while children copied and created their own tables. We then used various strategies (such as, make a ten, counting tens first) to add the numbers. Some were tricky, so we checked our answers with calculators (we were 100% correct!). Here are two ways to look at our data:

Our day ended with a very special treat...a visit from Shannon's mom who happens to be from Ireland!

She told us a grand tale about leprechauns and fairies with the beautiful Riverdance music playing in the background!

With her terrific hat to enhance the tale, it was simply marvelous!

Project Resources
Lucky Charms Activities
Great ideas from the Lucky Charms Project

St. Patrick's Day Resources
St. Patrick's Day Readers' Theater
by Marci McGowan, this is a must see!
My class performed this last year for K-2 classrooms -
great fun and learning!

St. Patrick's Day Theme at Teacher Planet
Loads of links, worksheets, and more! Check it out!

St. Patrick's Day Theme
from Step by Step Childcare
Loads of great ideas from crafts to Science
Here's one of their rhymes...
Do Your Ears Point Up? - sung to "Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
Do your ears point up,
Do you have a lot of luck?
For gold do you dig,
Can you do an Irish jig?
If the answer's "Yes,"
You're a Leprechaun, I guess!
Do your ears point up?

Everything a Teachers Needs For St. Patrick's Day!
Tons of ideas - you'll love it!

Billy Bear says ... Happy St. Patrick's Day
Lots of interactive activities
The following pages come from

Printable Coloring Sheets
Pot of Gold and Rainbow
Complete the Leprechaun
Draw your own face on this cute little leprechaun!
Shamrock Coloring Sheet

Crafts and Cards
Clover Collage
Lucky Blarney Stone
Lucky Parade Hat

Send St. Patrick's Day cards

St. Patrick's Day Holiday Graphics
Try the Create a Clover
Warning: there are ads on this site

Slide Puzzles from the site above:
Puzzle 1
Puzzle 2
Puzzle 3

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